When you were a baby, the appearance of your first tooth was a momentous time for your parents. When you grew a bit older, having your first milk tooth removed was exciting as well. In the case of some people, getting your braces and subsequently having them removed were one of their life’s milestones. From there, you thought your teeth are stable, and you are now free from any more important dental events — until you need to have your wisdom tooth extracted!
A wisdom tooth extraction is a process wherein your dentist removes your wisdom tooth or “your late bloomer” tooth, as some call it so that it would not cause damage or any future dental problems.
But before going into details, one should first try to get the answer to the very basic and common question “Why is it called ‘wisdom tooth?’’’ Truth be told, a lot of people are using this term but have not given much thought about its origin. But if you are one of the curious ones, the simple answer is this: It is called such because it usually appears at a later time in one’s life, between the ages of 17 and 25 and at a time when one has already incurred sensible wisdom.
Now that the question “Why is it called ‘wisdom tooth?’’’ is settled, you can now proceed with the other important but equally interesting facts about your third molar teeth!
• While most people usually use the term wisdom “tooth,” the truth is that most people have four wisdom teeth. However, it is very possible that some adults have more than four or less than four while there are some who completely have none at all.
• Most wisdom teeth have to be removed. As a matter of fact, 85% of people need to have theirs extracted to avoid unwanted consequences such as damaged teeth and infected gums. So, regardless if your wisdom tooth is considered healthy or not, it needs to be taken out.
• It is always best to have your wisdom teeth removed at an earlier time. Once they appear, set a schedule for extraction with your dentist or your oral surgeon. Do not wait until it becomes a source of pain or inconvenience for you.
• When your dentist says that you have an impacted wisdom tooth, there is no need to fret. It is very common.
An impacted tooth is one which is misaligned and cannot erupt through the gums on its own. An impacted tooth is trapped inside your gums, and this position is caused by the possibility that your mouth has no more room for extra teeth or that the others have grown irregularly, therefore taking much space.
Although this is normal, an impacted wisdom tooth, nonetheless, is what causes you great pain due to its position. Thus, you need to have it extracted as soon as possible.
• After your tooth extraction, you might need more time to recover or heal compared to the time you needed when you had your other normal teeth removed. Some people heal in a matter of days while there are some who have to recover fully for weeks. Just follow your dentist’s instructions and you will be fine.