Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that grows to complete the adulthood set of 32 teeth. They grow at the farthest end of your mouth just after the molars, both on the lower and upper jaws. Mostly, wisdom teeth erupt when you're in your early twenties or late teens.
The Purpose and Usefulness of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth used to be extra advantageous over a thousand years ago when our ancestors used to eat hard diets containing reed plants and sticks. They're strong and tough, so they took the place of other teeth after they fell.
Today, we've more favorite oral hygiene measures and dieting options, which protect our teeth from the risk of falling prematurely. You'll rarely use your wisdom teeth to chew. Besides, most wisdom teeth erupt crooked or misaligned, which often leads to painful diseases or crowding. Because of that, most dental health specialists advocate for wisdom teeth removal.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Wisdom teeth have no known purpose. Even if they don't hurt or make you feel uncomfortable, it's medically prudent to have them removed, and that's for good reasons.
- Impacted wisdom teeth cause damage to other teeth. As they grow, wisdom teeth can pressure other teeth to move, causing misalignment and bite problems.
- Jaw damage. Impacted wisdom teeth risk you developing tumors and cysts, which would damage the nerves if not treated early.
- Cavities. Wisdom teeth are quite a challenge to clean, and bacteria tend to build up, creating cavities.
- Inflamed gums. The human's dental formula isn't so accommodative to wisdom teeth, and that's why once they erupt, issues with gum disease and inflammation become common.
How does An Experienced Boise Oral Surgeon Help in Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Boise oral surgeons have the expertise and tools ready to remove wisdom teeth from both teenagers and adults. Depending on your age and severity of the damages the wisdom teeth have caused, you'll be prescribed to either of these two wisdom teeth removal procedures.
Simple extraction, as its name suggests, is a more simple procedure. The procedure involves a dental surgeon applying a local anesthetic to numb the area to minimize pain. They will then extract the teeth using special surgical equipment called an elevator. This technique is recommended if your wisdom teeth have already erupted.
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure mostly conducted by a qualified but also experienced oral surgeon. Such professionals can be found at Boise Oral Surgery. The process involves administering IV anesthetic to numb your body without rendering you unconscious. The oral surgeon will then perform a tooth incision to get rid of the wisdom teeth. The procedure is mostly recommended to people with curved or large roots or those whose wisdom teeth have not yet erupted.
At Boise Oral Surgery, Dr. Bobst will suggest which removal technique is best during your initial consultation.
Choosing Boise’s Top-Rated Oral Surgeon
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common surgery, but any kind of surgery can make some people anxious about moving forward. Therefore, it's important to find an oral surgeon you can trust completely. Our team, led by Dr. Jeffrey Scott Bobst, works hard to treat each patient with the care and attention they deserve. Everyone has their own needs, so we will work with you to create a treatment plan, lead you through the post-op phase, and give you a comforting patient experience. We also offer a number of different procedures, such as bone grafting, dental implant placement, and facial trauma surgery.
We work with you to create a treatment and post-operative plan that makes the most sense for you. Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment or consultation. At Boise Oral Surgery, we are here for you each step of the way!