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October 14th, 2019

Get Wise About Wisdom Teeth

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What to Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

In the world of dentistry, wisdom teeth are a hot topic. But what’s all the buzz about?

We’re here to fill you in!

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

What makes wisdom teeth different from your other pearly whites? Easy. They’re wiser!

It might sound funny, but it’s actually true. Out of all of your teeth, your wisdom teeth take the longest time to develop, and since you’re wiser when they appear…well, you get it!

Most people don’t develop them until their late teens or early twenties. Being the third and final set of molars to come in, they’re found in the very back of the mouth, and typically grow in pairs—two on the top of the mouth and two on the bottom (3).

Although they might be “wiser,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re important. Similar to your appendix, your wisdom teeth don’t serve an essential purpose. They’re just kind of… there. In fact, some people may never develop them at all.

Wisdom Teeth Appear Later Than Rest

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Often times, wisdom teeth can be impacted. This occurs when they can’t grow normally or in a way that is optimal for your mouth. Because they’re the last to develop, this usually means that they have to fight for a spot in your mouth, sometimes crowding other teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth may grow in at a funny angle, disrupt other teeth, or even become stuck under the gum. As you can imagine, this can cause issues in the rest of your mouth (1).

How You’ll Know if it’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Because you don’t necessarily need your wisdom teeth, it’s common practice to get them removed if they’re bothering you or if they are going to cause changes we don’t want in the mouth.

So how do you know if you should get yours removed? There are few things to look out for:

  1. Pain. If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth of any sort, it’s a good idea to get it checked out!
  2. Gum Issues. Swollen or bleeding gums? That’s out of the ordinary.
  3. Bad breath. We’re not talking about morning breath. If you’re regularly brushing and flossing, and still dealing with chronic bad breath, it might be time to get your wisdom teeth examined (3).

This is How Wisdom Teeth Removal Happens

How Wisdom Teeth Removal Works

The process of removing your wisdom teeth is probably a lot simpler than you may think. And the best part? Once they’re removed, you can kiss all of those issues goodbye!

For starters, you’ll want to schedule an exam with us. 

Dr. Hagen will take an X-ray of your wisdom teeth to get a better idea of how they’re positioned, why they’re causing issues, and a few other key details. After this, we’ll develop a plan best fit for your case specifically.

From there, you’ll set an appointment to remove the teeth. 

Don’t fret–it doesn’t hurt! Depending on the severity of how your wisdom teeth are impacted, you’ll most likely be put under some form of local anesthetics. Once your mouth is numb, we typically will carefully loosen and disconnect the tissue surrounding your wisdom teeth. This will make removing the teeth a very smooth procedure, one that really requires more focus than force! (2)

Now the teeth have been removed…

It is common to experience mild swelling, bruising, and pain after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed. Although the recovery process looks a little different for everyone, it’s usually only a few days of discomfort before you’re back to normal. In some cases, you may be prescribed mild medication to help ease the pain (2).

The last important thing to know? Stay away from straws.

It’s best to avoid straws for about two weeks after your procedure. Using a straw can cause what’s called a dry socket, a painful condition in which the bare bones and nerves near the extraction become exposed (2). Pay attention to any other specific recommendations your dentist gives to you at this time, too.

Schedule an Appointment with Hagen Dental

Unsure about your wisdom teeth? We’re here to help. We do all we can to deliver gentle, personalized care so you always feel comfortable—every step of the way.

We always treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding at Hagen Dental! Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button here to schedule your next visit.

Sources:

  1. https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/impacted.html
  2. https://www.self.com/story/wisdom-teeth-removal-facts
  3. https://www.dentalwellwi.com/wisdom-teeth-removed

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