Why, Oh Why, Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are so strange. Not only are they the last molars on each side of your top and bottom jaw, but they’re also the final ones to come out! They rear their ugly head when you reach your late teens or early twenties. Why do they appear so late? Well it takes time for your adult jaw to develop and allow enough room for your wisdom teeth to actually have the space to surface. Humans aren’t born with full sized jaws, it’s just physically impossible.
It was once believed that wisdom teeth were established by evolution – the diets of our ancestors. Anthropologists have suggested that the rough food they had consumed needed the support and power of more choppers. The dietary intake we have now, however, has effectively altered. We have all the wonders of softer food, minced meet, cutlery and magnificent blenders. The need for wisdom teeth are now made redundant.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Some lucky ducklings don’t develop their wisdom teeth but most of us do. That begs the question; can I keep my wisdom teeth or do they have to be removed? Considering the human jaw size has shrunk through the course of evolution, more often than not, our wisdom consequently become impacted or impassable by our other teeth.
Impacted teeth are unable to grow properly like your other teeth. Sometimes they will stay sleeping below your gum in a horizontal position and remain so due to the lack of room. Other times they will sprout out and often develop plaque as it is a difficult to reach spot when it comes to brushing and flossing.
So… what’s going to happen?
Most individuals undergo wisdom teeth removal. This can be the ultimate solution if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. It is essentially up to you on whether or not you choose to do something about your wisdom teeth.
Some of the key factors to consider is:
*Are you in any pain or discomfort?
*Are you able to reach or properly clean your last molars?
*Are you financially able to cover dental treatments/ extractions?
*Do you need your wisdom teeth?
*Do you have a trusty dental surgeon?
Contact Vogue Dental Studios today to learn more about Wisdom teeth and how we can help you!
By Intan Lay.