Third morals, most commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are usually the last teeth to come through your gums. Because they come through later than the rest of your fully developed permanent teeth, they are often buried in your gums and even blocked by bone. Over time, most people whose wisdom teeth are blocked by bone, experience discomfort and pain caused by cystic growths. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort due to your wisdom teeth you should see your dentist to get an x-ray and find out what’s going on and to decide whether or not you need an extraction. In this post, we’ll look at a few interesting facts about wisdom teeth!
1. More often than not, wisdom teeth need to be removed
There is no exact number, but it’s estimated that almost 85% of wisdom teeth should be removed. Most of the time it’s because of impacted wisdom teeth growing in areas that are difficult to reach when brushing or flossing. These teeth will often become infected due to lack of proper care. Wisdom teeth can also cause crowding in the mouth which can push your other teeth out of alignment.
2. Most people have impacted wisdom teeth
Close to 90% of the population have one or more impacted wisdom teeth. In almost all of these cases the impacted tooth must be removed because, as mentioned before, if left in place can cause an infection and cause damage to other teeth.
3. Ice cream is more than just a tasty treat
It’s not a myth! Ice cream is great for people who are recovering from oral surgery. Ice cream is soft and doesn’t need to be chewed, and because it’s frozen, it can help to reduce pain and swelling.
At Halonen Family Dentistry, we are often regarded as the best Battle Creek dentist office. We have over thirty-five years of experience in routine and emergency dental care. If you’re experiencing pain due to your wisdom teeth, do not hesitate to contact us today!