3d rendered illustration of the wisdom teeth 2Question: What are wisdom teeth? Why are wisdom teeth so called?

Answer: Wisdom teeth are your third upper and lower molars. These teeth are so called since it often appears when the person is in his pre adult years when a person is expected to make sound decisions. These teeth are often pulled out when they erupt simply because they often cause terrible complications like infection and pain. Modern humans also have no use for wisdom teeth; our cavemen ancestors used these teeth to grind tough food way before cooking methods were used.

Wise information about wisdom teeth

Not all people get all four wisdom teeth; some do not even get theirs at all. But for people who have had their stories about how painful and irritating their wisdom teeth are, here are some handy pointers:

  • Wisdom teeth may also be an asset for someone who has crooked teeth IF these are aligned. But most of the time wisdom teeth grow to be misaligned and require immediate removal before these affect nearby teeth and damage gums and bone.
  • Wisdom teeth often become impacted. This means that these do not erupt properly or sometimes do not erupt at all. Wisdom teeth may be partially seen or may hide under tissues or gums while the most complicated situation is teeth that may grow into the jawbone. This abnormal wisdom teeth growth can lead to damage to nerves, damage and misalignment of adjacent teeth and terrible pain.
  • Possibly the most common problem for impacted wisdom teeth is infection. Infection happens when bits of food are stuck in the crevices and folds of impacted teeth; and since food particles rot, these will be a perfect place where bacteria can grow and multiply. When this happens, you have a bacterial infection. Bacteria can cause terrible damage, will lead to inflammation, swelling and terrible pain. Antibiotic therapy and removal of the impacted teeth are the most common recommendation of dentists anywhere.
  • Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common dental procedures done in most dental clinics this is because wisdom tooth causes severe complications in most cases. No amount of prevention can stop infection and pain that often accompanies wisdom tooth growth and this is why this set of teeth is removed as soon as they erupt.

Not all wisdom teeth removal is easy; most require complicated extraction procedures because of different reasons. First, wisdom tooth is impacted most of the time and dealing with impacted teeth may take longer than usual tooth extractions. In removing impacted teeth, gum tissue that blocks the teeth is removed or cut and if teeth are embedded in the gum or bone, a special tool would have to be used to grind bone and free the impacted wisdom teeth.

And it’s not just wisdom tooth removal which is complicated, there are also after care that also needs to be done to a T to prevent complications. Here are some important techniques to remember as you deal with wisdom tooth aftercare:

Your dentist is always right

Your dentist will provide you with a list of what you may and may not do while recovering from wisdom tooth removal. You need to follow these especially taking medications like antibiotics, pain relievers and medications to control bleeding. Your dentist will also recommend follow-up care so be sure to visit so your dentist will be able to assess wound healing and your response to antibiotic treatments. And finally, your dentist will also suggest follow up treatments after your wisdom teeth removal. These procedures will totally improve your oral and dental health.

After care

After care may depend on the complexity of your condition. After care usually recommends taking things easy; you should take a leave from work and studies plus refrain from doing heavy lifting hours to even a few days after the procedure. Over indulging yourself can lead to bleeding, infection and poor wound healing.

You must also avoid eating hard and hot foods which could harm your wound and even lead to serious complications like an empty socket, infection and pain. Eat and drink only soft and cold foods and while ice cream is the traditional food after any tooth extraction, choose ice cream flavors without fruits, nuts or cookies.

Avoid eating on the affected area. Never brush along the wound or use any device to remove stuck food bits and dirt. Clean your wound by flushing with water and gargling water as well.

Diet

There are no specific diets in people nursing a wisdom teeth wound. Dentists however recommend eating foods rich in protein. Protein is the building blocks of cells and having enough protein in the diet will help improve wound healing time in wisdom teeth removal. You can get protein from soft foods like eggs, cheeses, sea food, fish, milk and dairy products.

You must also consume foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals that are known to boost the immune system. You need to keep your immune system in tip top shape so that wound healing time is shorter and your body can better fight infections. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals are fruits and vegetables; just don’t forget that crunchy veggies must be avoided. Steam vegetables or add them to soups and sauces so you can benefit from all the health giving nutrients as you recover from wisdom tooth removal.

Complications

Be mindful of your wound at all times; check for bleeding, sutures that are removed (if there were sutures used to close the wound up) and for any possible signs of infection like fever, pain, swelling and tenderness of the lymph nodes along your neck area. Any unusual symptoms must be consulted immediately to your dentist.

Remember to follow up on your advised schedule so your dentist can evaluate your wound and employ measures to treat possible infections. New treatments may also be advised by your doctor and if you are thinking of using natural remedies make sure you consult your dentist beforehand.

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