Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Anthropologists believe wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, were the evolutionary answer to our ancestor's early diet of coarse, rough food – like leaves, roots, nuts and meats – which required more chewing power and resulted in excessive wear of the teeth. However, these days wisdom teeth are more of a problem as they can grow into your other teeth resulting in tears and damage over time.

This wisdom tooth needs to be removed. It will likely cause tooth decay in the tooth in front of it!

This wisdom tooth needs to be removed. It will likely cause tooth decay in the tooth in front of it!

 

Are wisdom teeth always a problem?

No. It depends on the situation and many people with well positioned wisdom teeth benefit from their presence.

What can I do to help relieve the discomfort of wisdom teeth?

Wisdom tooth pain is usually a gum infection around the wisdom tooth. Also, when it is erupting, it is normal to have some mild discomfort. A gum infection is caused by insufficient cleaning of the area, so brush it really well! It will hurt and you might have some bleeding, but it will help a lot. You can also use some mouthrinse to help reduce the infection.

What are the main reasons for getting your wisdom teeth out?

  • Gum infections
  • Poor position, which causes problems with other teeth or gums
  • Difficulty in keeping them clean
  • Decay

Are wisdom teeth difficult to take out?

The procedure for removing your wisdom teeth will depend on how deeply impacted and the root structure of your teeth. Many wisdom teeth can be extracted simply like any other molar. Upper wisdom teeth are often one of the easiest teeth to remove.

What happens after I get them out?

The most important thing to do is to take it easy for the rest of the day. A great excuse to sit down and relax all day!

After a local anaesthetic, it takes several hours before feeling returns to your jaw. Take special care not to chew on the area or have any hot food or drinks, as you may not be able to feel any injury to the area such as a burn.

Your dentist may also want to review you after a week to see how it is healing and remove any stitches if required.

What is the cost of wisdom teeth removal?

The cost is related to the difficulty of the case. Price ranges from $180-$500. An accurate quote can only be given after your dentist assesses your tooth.

Click here to learn about the technical details on how a wisdom tooth is removed