Once you start getting close to the ages of 17 and 21, a new set of teeth will start to appear known as wisdom teeth. “Why do I have these teeth?” You may ask. You’ve probably asked your dentist “Why do I need to have them removed?”
We now know what wisdom teeth were originally for, but unfortunately, they don’t have the same use they did thousands of years ago. In fact, wisdom teeth are now a burden and need to be removed because of how we’ve developed as people and as a society. Keep reading to learn why a wisdom tooth extraction in Lincoln Park may be needed at your next appointment!
Where Do Wisdom Teeth Come From?
Dentists classify wisdom teeth as “evolutionary relics” because they no longer have any use to us. When our distant ancestors walked the earth, their diets typically consisted of tough foods such as sticks, nuts, and other reed plants. This was mainly because they didn’t always know when their next substantial meal was going to happen, so their teeth were exposed to far more wear and tear. Therefore, the wisdom teeth acted as replacement molars when their primary teeth eventually fell out from the additional stress.
Today, a wider variety of foods are accessible to the public, so we’re far more equipped to provide ourselves a balanced meal. However, that hasn’t stopped wisdom teeth from growing in. Since our jaws are smaller today and the average mouth is only capable of holding 28 teeth, wisdom teeth can pose significant problems if not removed.
Why Your Dentist Removes Wisdom Teeth
If your mouth isn’t large enough to accompany an additional four molars, your dentist in Lincoln Park will need to remove them once they appear. Failing to remove wisdom teeth can results in many complications later, including:
- Bone and nerve damage (resulting from impacted teeth)
- Chronic pain
Keep in mind that failing to remove wisdom teeth doesn’t just affect your oral health, but your overall health as well. When wisdom teeth erupt through the gums, it’s much easier for bacteria to enter the opening around the tooth. If an infection appears, the bacteria from it can enter the bloodstream and access other areas of the body, affecting your overall wellness.
What to Expect During Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Lincoln Park
Luckily, wisdom teeth extractions are very straightforward. First, your dentist will provide a general anesthetic to numb the affected area. Then, he will create an incision in your gums to access the wisdom teeth underneath. It’s common for the teeth to be broken apart, but your dentist will work diligently to remove all the pieces and any tissue necessary to access the area.
If the tooth has already erupted, especially above the gum line, they will use an elevator and a pair of dental forceps to rock the tooth back and forth. One the periodontal ligament is broken, and the alveolar bone has been widened, the tooth can be easily removed.
Have more questions about wisdom tooth extractions? Schedule an appointment today; you don’t want to put off your treatment!
About the Author
Dr. Samir K. Rana earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Since then, he’s continued his education on many dental topics, including dental implants, full mouth reconstructions, and Invisalign treatment. To learn more about his wisdom tooth extraction treatments and practice, contact him at (973) 633-5666 or visit his website.