Whenever you hear the term “wisdom teeth,” you probably immediately have a painful extraction vision. Everyone is afraid to hear the dentist say it the time to pull out your wisdom teeth. Even if a wisdom tooth grows perfectly, it is in an area of your mouth that is very difficult to keep clean. If you have your wisdom teeth, it is important that you make sure to clean them frequently and often as part of your regular oral hygiene. When teeth grow laterally due to our smaller modern jaws, they are called impacted. It simply means that they are trapped in the jaw and cannot successfully get out of the gums. Sometimes they partially burst, which is called partially affected. When pushed sideways, they put pressure on your other teeth and often cause pain and swelling. Other problems, such as cysts that develop around a fully affected wisdom tooth, can occur. Since most wisdom teeth that are removed are affected, the gums are cut as part of the procedure that requires stitches, so you leave the office with gauze pads on all the incisions. Our jaw bones evolved over time to adapt to the new diet, but our wisdom teeth couldn`t keep up with progress. The result is that many people have too many teeth trying to clench into a smaller jaw.
Although adolescence and early twenties are not often associated with the wisest period of our lives, the appearance of your wisdom teeth suggests that you are reaching adulthood. Other languages are very specific when it comes to the timing of the third molar. In Turkish, they are known as yirmi yaş dişi, which literally translates to “20-year-old teeth”. Regardless of how they are perceived culturally, they are an indicator of aging, and they are the last teeth in which you will grow. In general, people grow into four wisdom teeth, two at the ends at the top and two at the ends at the bottom. For some people, wisdom teeth grow perfectly normally, but for others, correction is necessary. The first appearance of your wisdom teeth will likely be on X-rays during your teenage or teenage years. This allows a dentist to track their growth and see how they are growing. How they grow is critical to whether or not they should be removed.
Probably the most maligned of all teeth, most people don`t know much about their wisdom teeth. Really, all they are is the third set of molars, the large teeth at the back of your mouth whose main function is to grind food. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth are an unfortunate victim of evolution. Many people wonder why we have them in the first place if they have to be removed most of the time. Our ancestors had a very different view of their usefulness. They needed more molars to grind the hard raw meat and fibrous plants that made up the bulk of their diet. As our diet and civilization evolved, we created easy ways to heat and cook our meat and other foods. By producing more tender and cooked food, we no longer need more tooth surface to grind hard food. It is important to remember that wisdom teeth are equivalent to a rite of passage.
Most of us get them, and most of us who get them have to have them removed. Regular visits to your dentist will help track their growth and progress, and working with your dentist can determine the best course of action – leave them in place or have them removed. Anyway, the appearance of wisdom teeth means that you have officially and successfully completed the growth of your teeth. Interestingly, many languages other than English use a term similar to “wisdom teeth” to describe third molars. The Germans call them wisdom teeth, the French say wisdom teeth. In Spanish, these are muelas del juicio (teeth of judgment) and in Arabic ders-al-a`qel (teeth of the mind). They could be the teeth of wisdom, in Spain we call them “muelas del juicio”. I spoke to a language partner in the Dominican Republic and she told me that she had problems with her “dientes cordiales”. From the problems she described, I was pretty sure she was referring to her wisdom teeth, but I don`t see that translation anywhere. Can someone explain what that means? Thank you.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, call Lockhart Dentistry today at (317) 849-9715. After the first day, you will notice a rapid improvement. Soft foods are recommended for the week following surgery. You can expect bleeding to occur on the first day after extraction, so you should keep an eye on and replace gauze bandages regularly. You will likely have ailments that can be treated with over-the-counter medications or prescription medications prescribed by your dentist. A good tip is also to place ice packs on your jaw to reduce swelling.