Assumption #1: Wisdom Teeth Will Always Need to Be Removed
While it is common to have your wisdom teeth removed, it’s not always completely necessary. Chances are if your wisdom teeth are nice and healthy, you won’t need to have them removed. Having said this, if there are any complications – such as eruptions or breakages – there is the potential for the build up of bacteria to cause swelling, pain and stiffness.
Assumption #2: Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed Prior to Orthodontic Treatment
It’s rarely necessary that wisdom teeth need to be removed before orthodontic treatment. Of course, it does depend on the circumstances. Often, a wisdom tooth can cause your other teeth to shift, which can become a hindrance for your dentist during surgery – so it is best to speak with them first if you have any concerns.
Assumption #3: Ice Cream is Good for You after Having an Extraction
Fortunately, this is actually a fact. The coldness of the ice assists in reducing gum swelling, which makes sense. It’s soft too, so this helps – but just remember not to use a straw, otherwise you may dislodge the clots which are a result of the wisdom teeth surgery.
Assumption #4: You Can Always See Your Wisdom Teeth
Just because your wisdom teeth are not visible it doesn’t mean they’re not there. Wisdom teeth are often enclosed into the jaw bone – or soft tissue. This is why dentists usually conduct x-rays to check your wisdom teeth to make sure they are actually there and growing properly.
Assumption #5: We Get Our Teeth During ‘The Age of Wisdom’
We certainly do! In fact, our wisdom teeth usually come through between the ages of 17 and 25 – and that’s why this is known as the age of wisdom. However, this is only ‘if’ we get them. Around 35 percent of people don’t actually get wisdom teeth at all!
Do you have yours?
Are you having any problems with your wisdom teeth? If so, it makes sense to go and see a dentist as soon as possible, otherwise problems could escalate into something severe. Bacteria can build up, which usually results in an infection.
Wisdom Teeth Removal can help you with any queries that you might have regarding the removal of your wisdom teeth. Get in touch today and we will be happy to answer any questions.