When Pulling Teeth Is A Wise Decision
- December 1, 2015
Once upon a time, wisdom teeth served an important purpose. They helped our distant ancestors better chew their food.
Their diet didn’t include any of the processed foods that we eat. That meant the extra set of molars gave them a bigger surface area to chew their food. The added surface area reduced the wear and tear on their teeth.
Today, it seems like the only time we really hear about wisdom teeth is when they need to be removed. One example is when our wisdom teeth become impacted, which can lead to other oral health problems.
No need to worry about those troublesome teeth. Just call Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, and we’ll remove your wisdom teeth before they become a real problem.
About your wisdom teeth
Most people get their third set of molars when they are teenagers, although some people don’t get these teeth until they are in their early 20s.
Maybe you are a parent of a teenager whose wisdom teeth are erupting, or maybe you are a teenager dealing with the problems associated with your emerging wisdom teeth.
As we alluded to above, anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth helping early humans better consume their diet, according to scienceline.org. At that time, they ate more nuts, roots, leaves, and wild meats than we do today. Today, we eat a softer diet, and we use utensils to cut our food into bite-sized pieces.
Over the centuries, our mouths have changed. While our wisdom teeth still try to come in, many people simply don’t have enough room for them.
As a result, multiple problems can develop as these teeth erupt.
Reasons to remove your wisdom teeth
In spite of their name, the smart choice frequently is to get rid of your third molars before they cause bigger issues like:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
You can experience pain if your teeth come in sideways or erupt in the wrong direction. Your wisdom teeth may become impacted, meaning they don’t emerge completely from your gums. As you might suspect, this can hurt a lot.
For other patients, wisdom teeth may emerge by pushing into your existing teeth. This can cause a variety of alignment issues. They can press your teeth into one another, leading to the potential for crooked and crowded teeth throughout your mouth.
In other cases, wisdom teeth can grow in a way that creates “traps” for food and bacteria inside your mouth. This increases your risk of an infection, gum disease, or tooth decay.
Removing your teeth
In modern dentistry, wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure.
Our own Dr. Peltzer has been removing teeth for several years. He’s also completed advanced surgical courses and worked alongside oral surgeons to learn best practices for tooth removal. He has incorporated those practices into the procedures we use for our patients in Plainville and the surrounding area.
If you come to our office to have your wisdom teeth removed, you will get the benefit of an experienced staff that knows how to help you relax.
During your procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic or provide sedation so your experience will be pain free.
Following your surgery, we will instruct on what to do as your mouth recovers. By following those directions, you will keep your mouth free from infections.
It’s also important that you take some time to rest following your procedure. Wisdom teeth removal is a type of surgery, and you should be prepared to take some time to recover afterwards.
With that in mind, removing your wisdom teeth is often the wisest decision. Doing so can save you from pain and the potential cost for fixing any other teeth that could be damaged if your wisdom teeth come in wrong.
Comfort and care
Dr. Peltzer named his practice Gentle Dental Care for a reason. He wants all his patients to receive top quality oral care in a relaxing environment, whether they are having teeth removed or need a routine cleaning.
We offer anesthesia and sedation. This ensures that no matter how nervous you may be about coming to the dentist, you can stay calm and comfortable. That care for his patients is one of the reasons Dr. Peltzer was named one of the country’s top dentists three times by The Consumers’ Research Council of America for Dental Excellence.
If you need to talk to someone about wisdom teeth removal or impacted wisdom teeth, please call Gentle Dental Care in Plainville at 860-479-2397, or use our online form to schedule your appointment.