Wisdom teeth also known as the third molars were provisions for our ancestors to help chew coarse, rough food such as hard items like nuts, roots and leaves. But in current times those teeth have not outlived their purpose and thus cause extreme discomfort and pain and also can damage existing teeth.
Is it necessary to always remove wisdom teeth?
They do not need to be removed if they erupt:
- Grown in completely (fully erupted)
- Positioned correctly and biting properly with their opposing teeth
- Able to be cleaned as part of daily hygiene practices
- Parallel to the floor of the mouth
When to go for Wisdom Teeth Extraction Treatment?
Most of the time wisdom teeth do not have room to grow properly and, therefore will cause problems. Depending on how much room is available wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally.
Other problems include
- Remaining completely hidden under the gums making your oral health more vulnerable to harsh infections
- Crowd nearby teeth and displace them impacting your smile and daily hygiene practices
- Eruption of wisdom teeth usually causes a lot of pain and sensitivity whilst drinking and eating
It is best to remove wisdom teeth when younger as the treatment experience is more pleasant and less intrusive in lifestyle whilst also avoiding possible future problems.