For some, wisdom teeth are a strange and complex concept. Why would a set of teeth begin growth only when an individual is approaching — or sometimes fully in the early stages of — adulthood? While wisdom teeth may clash with the rudimentary concept of physical growth, they were once a necessity for human beings, back when the food we ate was hunted for and our homes were fire-lit caves.
Wisdom Teeth and Early Mankind
Many experts believe these specific sets of teeth were an evolutionary answer to the rough food consumed during the early stages of mankind. These foods included nuts, leaves, and tough meats. Unfortunately, the human jaw continues to become smaller, and as a result, wisdom teeth have been rendered obsolete. In fact, wisdom teeth are often a nuisance due to the risk of impaction and the painful toothaches an impaction can cause.
What Is An Impaction?
The likelihood of a young adult growing a proper set of wisdom teeth is severely low. For most teens, poorly developed wisdom teeth are a sad reality. This is why most young adults opt to have their wisdom teeth removed by a dentist. The actual cause for the removal of a patient’s wisdom teeth is what is called an impaction, which occurs when there isn’t necessary room in your mouth for these molars to grow. As a result, your wisdom teeth may grow sideways and become trapped underneath your gums, or — in severe cases — they could even grow back into your jaw bone. This could lead to a myriad of issues including infections, gum disease, crooked teeth, cysts, toothaches, and decay.
The Process of Removing Your Wisdom Teeth
If you’ve been dealing with any of the symptoms associated with impacted wisdom teeth, then it’s likely you will need to have them removed by your dentist. At the Henderson, NV offices of Dr. Ignatowicz, we understand the fear associated with such any dental procedure, which is why we work closely with the patient to calm their worries and ensure the experience is as comfortable as possible.Our professionals will explain the procedure in detail, so you know exactly what to expect on the day of your appointment. The process is simple, and entails making a small incision in your gums in order to access and then remove the impacted wisdom teeth. This will be done after administering anesthesia to the patient, which will allow your dentist to work quickly and efficiently while also causing no pain for you during the procedure. If you’re tired of dealing with painful toothaches due to impacted wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our offices in Henderson, NV today.