It is not necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed if your jaw is large enough for a third set of molars. Most people do not have a jaw large enough so, in most cases, wisdom teeth are removed. If your wisdom teeth are impacted or crowding the second set of molars we recommend that they are removed. To better inform you, let’s cover what impacted wisdom teeth are.
Wisdom teeth that are prevented or blocked from growing properly are called impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth tend to stay below the surface of your gums and grow in slightly horizontal due to the lack of available space in the jaw. In some cases, wisdom teeth grow sideways and can occasionally grow towards another tooth. This can be painful and allow for bacteria to accumulate and possibly cause infection. This is why we tend to remove wisdom teeth more frequently than not.
If Your Wisdom Teeth Don’t Hurt
If your wisdom teeth don’t hurt, we still recommend you come in and have them checked. Sometimes lack of pain is not an indicator of properly growing wisdom teeth. If we take a look and don’t see any issues then it is most likely safe to keep your wisdom teeth and all the wisdom that comes with them.
When Do You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wisdom teeth tend to come in whenever they please. There is really no age in life when your wisdom teeth come in. Wisdom teeth can come in when you are a teenager all the way into adulthood. Everyone is different.
Is Removing Your Wisdom Teeth Painful
The procedure is painless. With the proper anesthesia, your experience should pain-free. There will be the feeling of pressure or pushing but no sharp pain. If for any reason you are uncomfortable during the procedure you can tell us and we will do everything we can to make you more comfortable.
No Wisdom Teeth
Some people don’t have wisdom teeth. This is nothing to worry about. Just one of those things.
Difficulty Eating After Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Sometimes eating is difficult after your wisdom teeth have been extracted. Soft foods are the easiest. We have a list of some foods that are easy to eat after having your wisdom teeth removed:
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled Eggs
At Eagle Rock Dental Care we routinely perform wisdom teeth extractions at all of our locations. If you are not sure if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, come in, call us, or make an appointment online. We would be happy to let you know about your wisdom teeth.