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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a human’s extra set of molars, also known as third molars, that may need to be removed. These are the last set of teeth to come in as they erupt from the back of the mouth.

Why do some people not have wisdom teeth?

Sometimes, a person’s wisdom teeth may be missing or may never come in. One theory explains that some do not have wisdom teeth because of evolution;  the human brain is growing larger and larger in size, leaving no room for wisdom teeth to grow.

Why do some people need to get their wisdom teeth out?

When your wisdom teeth are going to cause problems such as damaging other teeth, then that is when you know you need to get them out. If your wisdom teeth show signs of infection, or a dental or general condition, then they may also need to be removed.

Why are these teeth called wisdom teeth?

People usually get their wisdom teeth at around the ages of 17 and 25. During this time in a person’s life is when they may be pursuing wisdom with higher education, and that is how they got their name.

Do wisdom teeth have to come out?

Wisdom teeth that are in a good position and have not erupted usually will not have to be removed. If they do not cause you any pain or dental problems then you will most likely not need to get them removed.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth can be described as soft tissue or bony impactions. An impacted wisdom tooth can be defined in dental terminology, as a tooth that has failed to fully erupt (emerge into its expected position). A non impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that has fully emerged into its expected position.

When are you able to eat again?

That normally depends on who you are. But, you are not supposed to eat or drink for about two hours after your procedure. If your mouth is numb, then you should wait to eat until the anesthesia wears off because you may possibly bite your tongue or cheek.

How long does recovery take?

This really just depends on the person and how your doctor removed your teeth. But, symptoms may appear seven to ten days after the procedure. The swelling may last three to five days. (Personally, I took about seven days to fully recover).

What is needed to prepare for this procedure?

If you choose to go under anesthesia, then you can not eat or drink anything eight hours before your surgery. Make sure your fridge is packed with ice cream, mashed potatoes, and ice packs!

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