We are well aware of the 32 pearls that shine as we smile. The 32 teeth that we have contained 3 sets of molar teeth. Molar teeth are wider than the rest of our teeth and help us in chewing. They are present in the posterior part of your mouth, the back most of these are the third molars.
Human teeth have various functions including chewing food, aid in speaking, give a shape and form to your face, as well as give you an aesthetic smile.
The third molars, however, are known to perform a minimal amount of these functions. Here is the reason why…
Research suggests that third molars or wisdom teeth were actually a part of the evolutionary process and help humans adapt to their food choices. These mainly included a diet, of course, uncooked roots, leaves or meat. The food habits of man have changed from that of the prehistoric men. The modern diet consists of softer and cooked foods. This coupled with the culinary inventions like spoons, forks and knives make the presence of third molars quite unessential. As a result, evolutionary biologists have come to classify wisdom teeth as vestigial organs, or body parts that have become functionless due to evolution.
Wisdom tooth eruption…
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the back-most teeth present in the mouth. When a tooth erupts, it makes its way through the jaw bone, the gums, and then appears in the mouth. In normal circumstances, there is enough space in the jaw to accommodate the newly erupting tooth.
. Wisdom teeth erupt as soon a person enters adulthood, therefore the nickname, “wisdom teeth”. These are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. This commonly occurs when a person is 15 to 25 years of age. By this time, the growth of the jaw bone is almost complete, and in most cases, it may not have enough space to accommodate the newly erupting wisdom tooth.
Here’s why wisdom tooth removal is often necessary…
Inadequate space for the new teeth can prevent them from erupting, which is known as impacted wisdom teeth. This results in their inability to surface in a normal, healthy position to allow proper cleaning and chewing.
Impacted wisdom teeth may not always show symptoms. However, when they become infected, it can be troublesome and can cause damage to other teeth as well. You may experience one or more symptoms like redness and swelling of gums, pain in the area of the impacted tooth, or painful and bleeding gums. The jaw may become swollen on the affected side and you may find difficulty in chewing food, talking and opening the mouth. You may also experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
It can get complicated…
An impacted tooth can often lead to complications like gum disease, tooth decay, abscess or cyst formation. It can also cause crowding and push other teeth, changing their position. In addition to this, it can also cause damage to the jaw bone.
Tooth removal surgery…
The impaction of a wisdom tooth and its symptom cannot be prevented. The tooth will take its natural course of either surfacing properly or being impacted, but you can prevent its complications.
Removal of the tooth is the line of treatment for problematic wisdom teeth. It is a minor surgical procedure done under local anesthesia. Before the surgery, your oral surgeon will take some x-rays and have some blood tests done. The procedure will require 30 to 45 minutes approximately. It is done on an outpatient basis, which means the patients get to go home immediately. You will be asked to come for a follow-up after a week. If you experience any pain or swelling you can apply an ice pack on your cheek. education will be prescribed to control the pain and avoid the risk of infection. The oral surgeon will also provide you with information about the aftercare of surgery.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is best to get checked by an oral surgeon, who will guide you through the surgical procedure.
Harbour Pointe Oral Surgery Centre specializes in procedures like wisdom tooth removal, bone grafting, dental implants, regular tooth extractions, jaw reconstructions, and oral pathologies. Our team of oral surgeons is highly skilled in all areas of maxillofacial surgeries. Our office is conveniently located in Mukilteo. Your experience will be made comfortable with our friendly staff and we promise to provide the best possible oral care with our leading-edge equipment and technology.
If you are planning to get your wisdom teeth checked, you can request an appointment at & Advanced Dental Implant Center. Our dental team will be happy to guide you through the entire process. For more information or to book an appointment you can visit or call Harbour Pointe Oral Surgery (425) 353-1009.