Wisdom teeth cause problems for thousands of Americans each year.
However, how much do you know about the truth of wisdom teeth?
Read on below!
Wisdom teeth myths:
Everyone develops wisdom teeth at some point in their life.
Actually, about 35% of people never develop wisdom teeth. However, for those that do, their third molars typically develop around ages 17 to 25.
Some develop all four of their wisdom teeth while some develop less. A dentist can x-ray your mouth to determine whether or not you’ll develop wisdom teeth.
Opting to extract wisdom teeth is often optional and not entirely problematic for the mouth.
Unfortunately, most people who develop wisdom teeth must have their wisdom teeth removed at some point.
Otherwise, their third molars can cause several issues in their mouth including problems with spacing, pain, trouble eating and speaking, gum tissue infections, swelling in the mouth, and more.
It’s advised to use a straw for drinking when recovering from wisdom tooth removal.
Absolutely not. When recovering from wisdom tooth extraction, one should avoid using straws when drinking.
Because drinking through a straw causes pressure in the mouth, this could cause a dry socket where the blood clot in the mouth becomes dislodged. This can be painful and problematic for the healing process of the wisdom tooth removal surgery.
Wisdom teeth facts:
Few select people can keep their wisdom teeth without suffering problems.
Unfortunately, 85% of people must have their wisdom teeth extracted eventually, mainly due to pain and crowding issues in the mouth.
However, once the wisdom teeth are removed and recovery is a success, the mouth is once again functional and back to normal just as it was before the wisdom teeth developed.
Wisdom teeth aren’t necessary to eat and speak properly. In fact, they’re virtually pointless.
Because it’s believed those with wisdom teeth are less evolved, many think wisdom teeth had a purpose at one point to make eating meat, leaves, and other tough foods easier to consume for our early ancestors. However, this can’t truly be proven.
We do know, though, that third molars are not necessary for us today to eat and speak as we should. They actually cause quite a bit of problems in our mouths, mainly because our jaws are tiny compared to our ancestors’ and less capable of housing third molars.
Most wisdom teeth grow in crooked, grow into the roots of other teeth, or may even fail to erupt completely through the gums thus causing a gum tissue infection.
This is the main reason why wisdom teeth must get removed in the first place, because they cause such problems in the mouth. If our jaws and mouths were generally larger and if wisdom teeth always grew in as they were meant to, more people would be able to keep their wisdom teeth without suffering with oral-related issues.
Wisdom teeth actually develop in one of five ways: Generally correctly just like any other tooth in the mouth (Vertical), crooked towards the front of the mouth (Mesio-angular or Mesial), crooked towards the back of the mouth (Disto-angular or Distal), at a 90 degree angle and laying on its side (Horizontal), or even failure to completely break through the gums. As you can see, the last four options indicate a wisdom tooth extraction is likely necessary.