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Do Wisdom Teeth Really Need to Be Removed? Find Out Here!

August 31, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 4:09 pm
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You’ve just been told you will need to get your wisdom teeth removed, but why? They don’t hurt or bother you, so why are these teeth so commonly extracted? This rite of passage for most young adults is an important dental treatment. However, you may be wondering if it’s even necessary. Keep reading to learn more about wisdom teeth and what can happen if you don’t get them extracted.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the 3rd molars (the farthest teeth in the back of the mouth). They usually grow in when you’re older, between the ages of 17 and 25, which is much later than the rest of your permanent teeth. That’s why they’re called “wisdom teeth” – you’re older (and hopefully) wiser than you were when your other teeth grew in.

Why Do They Need to Be Removed?

Most people do not have a mouth that is large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. The jawbone only has so much space, which is why prolonging extraction can cause serious problems. In many cases, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow in properly, which is why they are typically impacted. Wisdom teeth can not only damage the jawbone, but they can also push your other teeth around, leading to misalignment and severe pain. They also cause sinus issues, gum inflammation, and higher risk of tooth decay because they are hard to reach and clean properly.

Why Do Humans Have Wisdom Teeth if they Just Get Removed?

If wisdom teeth are extracted in most cases, why do you have them? Well, this is a relic of evolution. Back in the cavemen era, humans were nomads – hunters and gatherers. During a time without processed, softer foods, humans needed an extra set of teeth to chew through the tough meats, leaves, and roots that they regularly ate. With the help of technology and agriculture, jawbones eventually began to shrink in size. However, the wisdom teeth still grow in, which is why they are usually problematic without extraction.

When is it Time?

If you’re wondering how you’ll know when it’s time for your wisdom teeth to come out, remember these common warning signs:

  • Pain in the back of your mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Stiffness or pain in your jaw
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Consistent sinus issues

Don’t let wisdom teeth get in the way of your oral health and happiness. Now that you know more about why they need to come out, you can complete this rite of passage with confidence!

About the Practice

At Westgate Dental Care, our team of experts in Arlington Heights combines their extensive training and experience to offer a wide range of services, including wisdom teeth extraction. If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, you can reach us through our website or by phone at (847) 577-7171.