The weird thing about wisdom teeth is that they not only don’t give you wisdom but not everybody has them— or at least all four of them. In fact, if you ask your friends or coworkers about whether or not they had their wisdom teeth out, a few of them will likely answer “no.” However, as one of the most important oral surgeries for you to undergo, wisdom teeth removal not only won’t affect your already huge amount of wisdom, but it will also help to protect your teeth in the process.
How do I know if I have wisdom teeth?
Although it would be nice to simply look into your mouth to see if you have wisdom teeth, you won’t really be able to tell unless you have a dental X-ray. During your dental X-ray, your dentist will not only be able to see how many wisdom teeth you have but where they are located in your mouth as well.
Why have them removed?
Whether you have one or four wisdom teeth, you need to have them removed. Wisdom teeth are teeth that are under your molars and if not removed, they will push their way up through your gums and disrupt your current teeth— leaving you with a mouth full of cramped teeth. So if you had braces and your wisdom teeth start pushing their way through your gums, you can kiss that once straight smile of your goodbye.
How are they removed?
The process for removing your wisdom teeth requires surgery and you will likely be put under anesthesia during the entire process. During the actual surgical process, your dentist will make a small incision in the back of your mouth behind your molars. They will then remove any tissue or bone that is covering the tooth itself. Once that has been removed, the dentist will then remove the tooth either in tiny pieces or as one whole piece. The dentist will then stitch up the surgical site likely using dissolvable stitches that will dissolve in a week or two.
If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth out and are concerned that they might disrupt your perfectly perfect smile, it’s time to make an appointment with a dentist. To learn more, contact our dental office today.