While our prehistoric, hunter-gatherer ancestors had larger jaws to easily accommodate a third set of molars, with evolution our jaws have shortened – making it uncomfortable and often painful for our wisdom teeth to squeeze in, as well as rendering them useless for most people…hence the now very common, recommendation for wisdom teeth removal.
History of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Back in the pre-dentist days of hominids – whose diet consisted of raw meat, plants and nuts – wisdom teeth served as convenient ‘backup teeth’ when other teeth cracked or became infected. Fast forward to modern day times however, where the emergence of wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25 in most adults is an inconvenience more than anything; our much softer diet and far-from-caveman lifestyle means our mouths no longer make room or have the need for extra teeth. But if you’re putting off having your wisdom teeth examined in fear of the extraction process, be assured that at Balmain Dentist in Sydney, this is a frequently performed procedure by Dr Flora Galoustian and her highly-trained team, with a short recovery time.
Why Do We Need To Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Why do so many adults require wisdom tooth removal? Common problems relating to wisdom teeth include decay, repeated infections, crowding, damage to other teeth, as well as cysts and tumours. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t giving you any symptoms, if they haven’t fully emerged, Dr Galoustian may still recommend extraction. When wisdom teeth are extracted at a younger age, they are not fully formed, therefore the procedure tends to be easier, avoiding complications down the track, in addition to faster recovery time.
What Does The Removal Process Involve?
An examination and dental X-rays will determine the length and complexity of the extraction. Fully erupted teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic; gum that is attached to the tooth is removed, and the tooth is then shifted so that the fibres between the tooth and jawbone break, allowing the tooth to be removed. Post-procedure, the extraction socket is cleaned, and any sharp bone edges are smoothed. Stitches may be applied to the extraction site if necessary. For partially erupted teeth incisions are made in the mucosa on or adjacent to the tooth, which allows the bone surrounding the tooth to be exposed and the tooth extracted.
Do You Need Wisdom Teeth Removed?
So while you won’t be any more or less wise after having your wisdom teeth removed, you will be reassured that you will have avoided potential problems, your wisdom teeth may have caused in the future. Why not book a consultation appointment with Dr Galoustian and her trusted team at Balmain Dental today? They will assist and guide you through the evaluation and extraction process if it is required, leaving you feeling calm and confident about the procedure.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.