Wisdom Teeth 101

Published on March 26th, 2018 by Michael C. Griffin, D.M.D.

The truth is, your wisdom teeth don’t really serve a purpose. They’re the teeth that grow in the back of your mouth behind your molars. Most people typically have a bottom and a top pair that eventually need to be surgically removed. If you think you might need wisdom teeth removal in Wrigleyville, Northalsted Dental Spa is here to help!

Why Do They Exist?

Including your wisdom teeth, your mouth has about 32 adult teeth all fighting for space. Wisdom teeth are believed to have helped our distant ancestors because they ate diets consisting of sticks and rough plants. Their wisdom teeth eventually wore down or fell out. But as our diet evolved into softer, easier-to-chew foods, the need for wisdom teeth went away.

Signs You Need Them Removed

If left in too long, wisdom teeth can become painful. If you’re experiencing pain behind your molars, your teeth are pressing on nerves and bone. You also might notice redness, tenderness or swelling around your wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are breaking through the surface of your gums, it gives bacteria a free pass to enter through the open tissue, possibly resulting in infection. If bacteria builds up, foul breath is another side effect.

Impacted wisdom teeth mean your jaw or neighboring teeth are blocking the teeth from breaking through the surface. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they’re trapped in place and may need to be removed as soon as possible.

Contact Northalsted Dental Spa with Concerns

While we will stay on top of the progression of your wisdom teeth if you visit us regularly, it’s still important to note any pain or discomfort when you visit us. Staying ahead of the curve is always a plus as to avoid any pain or discomfort. We promise your wisdom teeth removal process in Wrigleyville will be swift and as painless as possible.

Source: Crest

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