Wisdom Teeth: do you really need to remove them?
Traditionally wisdom teeth called “wisdom” because they erupt later in life, between the ages 17 and 21. They are a third set of morals in your mouth. Usually adults have four wisdom teeth, one in each of the four quadrants, but it is possible to have fewer or more. It is a common practice to remove wisdom teeth and nearly 85 percent of adults have had their wisdom teeth removed. Most people do the removal procedure for one of these reasons:
- There are not enough space in your mouth for these teeth. Our jaws not as big as they used to be. That’s happened not because of evolution, but because modern-day diet is lacking a key nutrition that allows the jaw develop properly. This particular nutrition – vitamin K2 is found in liver and organ meet in animals that eat grass (nor grain or corn). Factory farming and low-fat food diet basically eliminated this vitamin from our diet. The products we eat become so soft that our jaws can’t develop fully due to lack of use. As a result, today an undeveloped jaw is a norm.
- They are impacted. Since there is very often not enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly, wisdom teeth tend to grow in an angle or they can’t fully develop, which causes difficulties for the rest of the mouth. Usually, wisdom teeth damage the teeth right next to them – second morals; it throws off your bite, decay both of the teeth, and can cause painful infection. Dentists recommend patients to remove wisdom teeth to avoid complicated problems in the future.
- To avoid future cavities and gum disease. Because third morals are so far in your mouth it might be difficult to reach them with your toothbrush and dental floss. Not having proper care of the teeth most likely will lead to all kind of dental problems.
Of course, if you were born without wisdom teeth, you have nothing to worry! There is simply nothing to be removed. However, it’s completely different situation when a person has wisdom teeth in a bone, but they haven’t erupted. If your wisdom teeth don’t erupt and you leave them in, there is 25% chance that the epithelial lining around the wisdom tooth will become cancerous. It can be removed as well, but it is a much more complicated procedure.
When is the best time to remove your wisdom teeth?
- Before the root is fully developed. Surgery is much easier and recovery time is less if the removal done before the root canal is fully developed. Teeth grow from crown down to the root, so morals removal when only the crowns developed will be an easy procedure.
- Timewise the best time is at the beginning of the summer break – school (and exams) are over, stress is minimum and you have plenty of time to find a good surgeon and for recovery.
If you considering the wisdom teeth removal for your teen, talk to your pediatric dentist. Dr. Lisi at Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Allen will answer all your questions regarding this procedure and help you come up with the best plan. Please call 972-727-0011 to schedule a consultation.