There are a lot of mysteries about wisdom teeth… What are they? Do I have them? Why are they there? Here are some answers for you.
What they are: Wisdom teeth are like the other teeth in your month, except they make their entrance much later in life. Typically, wisdom teeth come in during the late teens or early twenties (known as the “age of wisdom,” hence the name “wisdom teeth”). Please do not equate this statement for wisdom in teenagers. This is not at all what I am saying. Ha
Technically speaking, Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars located in the very back of the mouth. Not everyone has all four wisdom teeth; some have only two or three, and some extremely lucky people don’t have any at all.
Why they can be a pain in your behind: For some people, wisdom teeth come in perfectly fine. And for others, they may be misaligned, can cause crowding of the existing teeth, or damage nearby teeth, the jawbone and even the nerves.
Wisdom teeth can also be impacted, meaning the teeth are stuck under the gum and cannot fully break through. Impacted teeth can trap food and bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay, swelling, tenderness and bad breath. In addition, they can cause You redness and swelling around the area where the tooth is impacted as well as jaw pain, headaches, and a strange taste when you bite near the area of the impacted tooth.
What to do: Many people with misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth opt to have them removed. Most dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed at a younger age, before problems begin to arise. Removal is also easier for younger people because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed and the bone is less dense.
If you want to get your wisdom teeth removed, the first step is to have your dentist x-ray – such as Dr. Andrew Arriola in Temecula. He will then determine the presence and position of the teeth. From there, you and Dr. Arriola can determine the best course of action for you.
The Good News: Yes, there is some fragments of good news here. Your “Person” that goes with you when having the procedure will have a great time while you are coming off of the anesthesia. You may say all kinds of funny things. The other positive is that you will look adorable in a head-sling to hold the ice. Such a cute fashion statement. Lastly, you will have a GREAT excuse to eat soft, cold foods such as ICE CREAM, PUDDING and JELLO after having your wisdom teeth removed.
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