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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Published on December 14th, 2020

The Purpose of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are thought to have originally developed for the practical use of chewing up food that was harder than the food we consume today, before stoves and utensils existed. They are molars and are thought to have once prevented excess wear and damage to the rest of our teeth. Now, one might wonder if wisdom teeth are meant to do exactly what all other teeth do, why is it that they commonly become such a serious problem?

The answer is simple. Human beings have changed over time, physically and mentally. Jawbones have become significantly smaller over the centuries and what we eat, as well as how we prepare food, is entirely different from how human beings used to in the past. Today, wisdom teeth are not essential and do not usually emerge until after a person turns eighteen. For some people, their wisdom teeth never come in at all.

When and Why to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wisdom teeth are no longer a necessity, and sometimes they actually need to be removed in order to prevent infection and damage to other teeth.

Wisdom teeth can become a problem when they emerge if our jaw is not large enough to accommodate them alongside our other teeth. They can also cause pain, swelling, and infection if they become impacted, meaning they do not fully erupt and instead get stuck under the gumline, or only partially erupt. Usually, when this happens it is because the teeth are coming in crooked, misaligned, or the jaw is too small to accommodate them.

Having your wisdom teeth removed is an intricate process, so it is important to find an experienced, professional dentist or oral surgeon to perform the procedure. If you do not have your wisdom teeth removed when they first start to cause problems, you may experience infection, tooth decay, gum disease, pain, injury to the bone or other teeth, inflammation, even develop a cyst or abscess.

Affordable Dentists in Chicago and Waukegan Illinois

Wisdom tooth extraction can be expensive, especially if you have all four teeth removed at once. Finding affordable dentists, you can trust to perform such an invasive procedure can be difficult. Fortunately, that is where Family Dental Care comes in. Call us today to set up an appointment at one of our two locations in Illinois.

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