Wisdom teeth get their name because they are the last teeth in your mouth to develop and grow in (erupt). Often times the eruption of a wisdom tooth takes place during late teen years or for people in their early to mid 20’s, which is why they are often referred to by a Boise dentist as the age of “wisdom” – hence the name.
While once extremely useful, wisdom teeth serve very little purpose. In fact, in most cases, people rarely have room for them to grow in! The reason for this is because our diets have changed as we’ve evolved as humans. Food that we once ate was very course which caused our teeth to break & wear down so fast that they would take up less space in the jaw over time. Because food was so hard to chew, they were often lost at an early age which created more room in the mouth for wisdom teeth when they came in.
As the last set (third) of molars to grow in, wisdom teeth develop in the bones of the upper and lower jaws. Typically people develop four wisdom teeth one on the upper and lower sides of the mouth. While not all people develop a full set (some only have one, two or three), wisdom teeth often become impacted (covered by gum or bone) which may lead to emergency wisdom teeth removal by a Boise dentist.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Boise
Erupting wisdom teeth can grow in at various angles in the jaw including horizontally which can lead to a variety of Boise dental symptoms. On/off pain is typically the most common. Partially emerged wisdom teeth are also extremely prone to infection as they are the hardest teeth to clean even with a professional Boise teeth cleaning, and often times become a magnet for bacteria.
Your Boise dentist may suggest wisdom teeth removal if they are causing you:
- Repeated Infection
- Damage to Nearby Teeth
- Gum disease
- Extensive Tooth Decay
While not all people need a Boise wisdom teeth removal. It depends heavily on whether or not there is enough room for them to grow in. Being able to keep your wisdom teeth also depends on whether or not you are able to properly care for them. However, people often choose to have a Boise wisdom teeth removal upon the recommendation of their Boise dentist while they are young in order to prevent any potential problems that may arise should they grow in. If you are experiencing any problems or symptoms due to the eruption of wisdom teeth, it is important to schedule a Boise dental exam, and talk with your Boise dentist about their wisdom teeth removal options.
For many people, getting wisdom teeth removed is a rite of passage into adulthood. Usually removed when a patient is in their teens or early twenties, the procedure is usually accompanied by a lot of chocolate shakes and plenty of movie marathons. But what does the procedure actually require, and how do our Boise dentists give you the best care?
The Best Preparation.
Our Boise dentists make sure they know everything before heading into a procedure. Not all wisdom teeth have to be removed, if there is room for them, and some teeth do not require the surgical extraction generally associated with removing wisdom teeth. If they have already come in, they may be able to be removed with a simple extraction that only requires local anesethetic.
Not only do we do our research to give you the best care, we also keep our patients informed as well. A patient in need of getting their wisdom teeth removed will know how many teeth need removing and where they are. There are several reasons wisdom teeth need to be removed:
- The teeth may be misaligned. This means the wisdom teeth are angled towards the patient’s molars. They can also be leaning too far outward or inward. In any case, they cause pain and discomfort.
- The teeth may be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are still within the jawbone or tissue. While this may not be a problem now, it usually poses a problem later, especially if the teeth are also misaligned. They also may not have broken through the surface of the gums due to space issues and so need to be removed.
- The teeth may be partially erupted. When a tooth is halfway emerged from the gums, it is called a partially erupted tooth. This can be very uncomfortable and cause swelling and pain. It is also very difficult to brush and floss and so is much more likely to decay.
After the initial exam, patients will receive the information they need to come prepared for the teeth removal. They will know how long the appointment will last, and about how long the recovery will take. It is difficult to give a time frame for the procedure or the recovery because every case is different and every patient is unique. In most cases, the recovery period only lasts a few days.
The Procedure and Healing Process.
On the day of the procedure our Boise dentists may recommend that you do not eat before the appointment so that you are ready for the anesthetic. A general anesthetic will allow you to sleep through the appointment as well as prevent pain. Once you are given the anesthetic, our Boise dentists may begin to count down from ten, or they may ask you to create a nice dream for yourself. In either case, you will be asleep within seconds and will wake up once the appointment is over.
Plan for a lot of sleeping and laying around for the day or two after the appointment to allow time for healing. Generally stay with soft foods like shakes, slowly switching over to regular food as you heal and are able to eat it. Our Boise dentists will give you a thorough recovery sheet so you know how to take care of yourself for the fastest healing. Most important of all, enjoy plenty of great movies or catch up on your favorite television shows!
Wisdom teeth removal does not have to be a painful process. With the best preparation and patient care, our Boise dentists do our best to keep every appointment simple and relaxing. We may even check up on you to make sure you are feeling okay after your appointment.
If you have more questions or think you may need your wisdom teeth removed, stop by our Boise office!