Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are typically the last set of teeth to erupt in the mouth. Since, by this time, most patients’ mouths are fully developed, wisdom teeth are often buried beneath the gums or blocked by bone. When this happens, discomfort may arise as the teeth can develop cystic growths. Naturally, when this occurs it is best to seek the advice of your dentist and, ultimately, decide whether or not extracting your wisdom teeth is the best option. In this post, we’re going to discuss a few surprising facts about wisdom teeth that may help you and your dentist arrive at an informed decision.
1. Most wisdom teeth need to be removed.
It’s estimated that nearly 85% of all wisdom teeth will need to be removed. In most cases, this is caused by impacted wisdom teeth being located in difficult-to-reach areas that are often missed during brushing and flossing. As a result, these wisdom teeth foster the growth of bacteria and can lead to painful infections.
2. Most people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth
Almost 90% of the population has at least one impacted wisdom tooth. In nearly every case, the only solution is removal of the tooth because, if left in place, it can become infected and cause irreparable damage to nearby teeth.
3. Ice cream is… actually good for you after you have your wisdom teeth removed!
If all else fails, you can convince yourself with ice cream! Because ice cream is soft, it’s easy to eat after oral surgery and because it is cold, it helps to alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
At Halonen Family Dentistry, we’ve earned a reputation as the best Battle Creek family dentist around. With over thirty-five years of experience in providing a wide range of dental services, our staff is prepared to answer all of your questions and handle all of your dental emergencies. If you’re experiencing pain due to erupting wisdom teeth and are considering having them removed, contact us today to discuss your options.