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Why Do You Need to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are molars that typically come in during a young adult’s life, also known as the third molars. When wisdom teeth are left in, they can lead to other problems. So, what are they? Why do we have them? And why do we need them removed?

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Over time, human jawbone has shrunk. Because jaws are smaller than they used to be, when wisdom teeth come in, all 32 teeth can’t fit properly in the mouth. When wisdom teeth erupt, they crowd other teeth and they can cause many problems. Some wisdom teeth can become impacted and never fully erupt when there is not enough room, or they are being blocked by other teeth. Though pretty much everyone has wisdom teeth, some people’s wisdom teeth don’t erupt beyond the surface.

When Wisdom Teeth Become a Problem

Wisdom teeth may not always cause problems, but when they aren’t extracted, overtime issues tend to surface. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing you pain, they can still impact your teeth’s spacing, or even wrap around the nerves in your mouth and cause other issues. Wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth that proper dental care can be difficult. Because of the difficulty of their care and the potential problems they can cause, most dentists recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth removed for their long-term health.

Problems that Come from Wisdom Teeth

When they are not removed, wisdom teeth—whether impacted or not—can cause serious problems. Some of these issues include pain, cysts, damage to nearby teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay. When wisdom teeth start to take up space in your mouth, they can push against other molars and more nearby teeth. When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, other issues can come to the surface as well. Impacted wisdom teeth can easily get infected—this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and if the infection reaches your bloodstream, it can even affect other parts of your body. Fluid-filled cysts can form at the bottom of impacted wisdom teeth that can cause damage to the jawbone and nerves in the area.

Why are they called wisdom teeth?

So, where does the name wisdom teeth come from? Because wisdom teeth are molars that come in a little later, typically they erupt between ages 17 and 25, they are referred to as wisdom teeth. This name stems from the belief that wisdom comes with age.

If your wisdom teeth have come in, come see us at Oral and Facial Surgery of Utah to see if it’s time to get them out. Getting them removed sooner rather than later can save you from other problems and pain down the road. Come see us today for a consultation! 

Signs You Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are teeth at the back of the mouth—usually the last adult teeth to come in. They become impacted when they don’t have enough room to develop or fully emerge.

Because of their location, they are often difficult to reach and therefore difficult to clean. This makes them vulnerable to decay and the surrounding areas prone to gum disease.

Often times impacted teeth are deep into the jaw without a fully exposed surface, making them even more difficult to brush and keep clean.

Impacted wisdom teeth are often very painful, even more so than regular wisdom teeth can be. These impacted teeth are known to cause infections, damages to other teeth, and further dental issues. 

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If you think any of your wisdom teeth may be impacted, there are a few signs to look for. Impacted wisdom teeth often lead to:

  • Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain or swelling around the jaw
  • Bad breath
  • Stiffness in your jaw or difficulty opening your mouth
  • A bad taste in your mouth

In some rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth will not show any symptoms. Whether or not they are painful, they can still have bad side effects. 

What Causes Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth become impacted when they don’t enough space to erupt. This can lead them to grow in at strange angles. They can grow into other teeth, leading them to move teeth around in your mouth, causing the need for orthodontics. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can grow at an angle that essentially has them lying down on the jawbone. They can also get trapped within the jawbone. When this happens, it causes jaw problems and soreness. 

What to Do When Your Wisdom Teeth are Impacted 

Impacted wisdom teeth should be dealt with as soon as possible. When left untreated they can lead to cysts along the jawbone, tooth decay, gum disease, or damage other to teeth. Unfortunately, impacted wisdom teeth are not preventable, but you can treat them before they get worse or cause more damage. The impaction will not go away and will likely only worsen. 

If your wisdom teeth have come in and you have not gotten your wisdom teeth out yet, come see us at Oral and Facial Surgery of Utah. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure that your wisdom teeth are removed as quickly and painlessly as possible. Putting off taking out your wisdom teeth can lead to many other complications. Getting your wisdom teeth out does not need to be such a painful process. While impacted wisdom teeth can be more difficult to remove, our team of skilled surgeons are pros at making the process as painless as possible. Come in to get a consultation for your wisdom teeth today! 

   

How To Speed Up Your Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Removal

When you get your wisdom teeth out, you can experience severe pain. Wisdom teeth removal impacts everyone differently, and your recovery may differ based on your experienced. For example, if your teeth are impacted, you may have a lengthier recovery.

After getting your wisdom teeth removed, take time to rest and relax. Be sure to stay hydrated. Hydration helps with healing. You should also stick to soft foods—chewing will be difficult and likely painful. You should also be sure to keep your mouth clean. This may include washing out with warm salt water—but be careful not to swish and removed your blood clots. Be gentle about all of your movements.

The Healing Timeline

The healing process can be different for each person. During the first 2-3 days swelling of the mouth and cheeks should go down. About one week after the surgery, a dentist will remove any remaining stitches. Within 7-10 days jaw soreness should go away and within about two weeks, bruising should heal.

How to Speed Up the Process

Though you will likely need some downtime after wisdom teeth removal, there are a few things you can do that may speed up the process. These careful practices may help you get back to your everyday life, pain free, faster.

  • Rinse your mouth out regularly
  • Protect the wound and exposed bone
  • Prevent bleeding when possible
  • Keep your head elevated
  • Ice the area of the cheek for the first day
  • Don’t over exert yourself

Wisdom teeth removal is a form of surgery and will require some recovery time. Be sure that you don’t push yourself too much. If you don’t take care of yourself and let your mouth heal, you could suffer from infections, dry socket, and other complications that will only extend recovery time and likely cause you more pain than necessary.

What to Avoid

After wisdom teeth are extracted blood clots are formed over the exposed tissue and bone to protect them. These blood clots basically act as scabs—they are essential to the healing process. If they are disturbed or removed, you could be in danger of dry sockets. Dry sockets can be very painful and lead to infections. To avoid dealing with the pain of a dry socket, avoid the following things that can dislodge the blood clots.

  • Brushing your teeth around the wounds
  • Eating food that requires lots of chewing, i.e. sticky or crunchy foods
  • Drinking hot drinks
  • Swishing liquid in your mouth
  • Drinking from a straw

If you’re looking to get your wisdom teeth out, contact us at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah. Our professional surgeons will help you through the process and make it as painless as possible. We’d be happy to discuss options for surgery and how to speed you through the recovery process.

7 Reasons To Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Now

It may be tempting to avoid the hassle of having your wisdom teeth removed. But skipping over this procedure could lead to other complications and pain down the road. When it comes to wisdom teeth, it’s better to take preventative action and avoid all of the other potential problems that can come along with keeping these molars in your mouth.

1. Avoid Overcrowding

As wisdom teeth grow in, they take up a lot of space. They will often erupt into an already crowded area and move teeth around. The result can be misaligned teeth. Even if you’ve already gone through the hassle of braces, your once straight smile can be undone over time as wisdom teeth enter the picture. Then you have the problem of needing your wisdom teeth removed and your teeth realigned.

2. Don’t Damage Your Other Teeth

When overcrowding happens, which is common with wisdom teeth, teeth can be damaged. Teeth may not only be moved but also be damaged. This damage could be excess cavities or potential bone damage.

3. Prevent Cysts or Tumors

The pressure that comes with impacted wisdom teeth can lead to potential cysts or tumors in the jawbone. This can lead to joint pain, damaged nerves, and may need to be treated by a TMJ specialist.

4. Inflammation and Infection

Wisdom teeth mean limited space in your mouth, partial impactions, and misalignment. All of this will usually also mean gum inflammation and potential infection. Inflammation and infection can easily spread and become a problem quickly. Especially if you have gaps in your teeth—this can be a breeding ground for bacteria growth.

5. Keep Up Your Dental Hygiene

The limited space the comes with having wisdom teeth in your mouth makes proper dental hygiene difficult. Thorough brushing and flossing get harder and harder as teeth become hard to reach and plaque builds up.

6. It Can Lead To Sinus Issues

Wisdom teeth mean a lot of pressure in your mouth and jaw. This can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion. It’s all connected!

7. Overall Pain

Not everyone with their wisdom teeth with experience pain, but it is a common sign that it’s time to get them taken out. Wisdom teeth can lead to pressure in your mouth, in your jaw, in your sinuses, and give you headaches. If you are feeling pressure in your head, it may be from your wisdom teeth.

Don’t delay having your wisdom teeth removed. Putting it off can make the process much more difficult. If you have questions, as your dentist what they are seeing in your teeth. It may be that you don’t need your wisdom teeth out, but that is very rare. Overall, it’s better to take preventative action and not have to deal with all the pain that can come from wisdom teeth.

Reach out to Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah today to schedule an appointment to remove your wisdom teeth and avoid pain down the road.