When a person grows older, they gain a lot of things in life – including wisdom teeth. A lucky few people grow up and never have their wisdom teeth develop, but for those that do, they’re usually around the ages of 16 to 21. The term ‘wisdom teeth’ comes from the fact that these molars are the last teeth to develop in a person’s life cycle – making them presumably wiser.

What Is The Purpose Of Wisdom Teeth?

In the olden days, anthropologists would suggest that humans develop wisdom teeth due to their diets of hard foods, like seeds and nuts, which they needed to survive. Over time, we have evolved in not only our appearance but our diets as well. People nowadays no longer have the room within their jaws to hold the 1-4 extra teeth, and we’ve changed our diets drastically, affecting how and why we need to get wisdom teeth removed.

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

A wisdom tooth can grow in various ways and can sometimes be what we call impacted – especially with such little space in the back of your mouth. It’s essential to get this tooth, or teeth, removed promptly, as the soft tissue surrounding the impacted tooth may become inflamed. Most times, this causes intense pain in the back of your mouth or jaw. If you don’t get your wisdom tooth removed as soon as possible, it can lead to future problems later on, like pain, overcrowding, and crooked teeth. Here at Smile Zone, we provide accessible wisdom teeth extraction procedures as an immediate solution to your dental needs.

Is It Necessary For Wisdom Teeth To Be Removed?

If your wisdom tooth seems as if it’s growing in normally, you can opt-out of a wisdom tooth extraction procedure. However, our dentists at Smile Zone don’t recommend you go in this direction. If you’re in any way experiencing wisdom tooth pain, you should visit your local dental clinic and get it removed as soon as possible to avoid further complications. When you keep your wisdom teeth, rather than having them removed, it can be hard to clean while brushing or flossing your teeth; since they grow in the back of your mouth, where there isn’t much room to develop, your brush can’t reach the tooth, or teeth, to clean it. There’s a possibility of the teeth becoming impacted, as there isn’t room to grow, and the tooth can deteriorate.

Various factors could affect wisdom teeth removal, such as a persons’ age. Ideally, if you’re planning to get your wisdom tooth removed, you should go around the ages of 17 to 24. This age group is preferable because the molar is not yet fully grown, and you’ll have a faster recovery time. When you’re around the age of 25 and above, it becomes a more intricate procedure, as your molars are more developed.

At Smile Zone, we offer wisdom teeth extraction procedures for all. A typical removal would take around 20 minutes and beyond, depending on the situation of the wisdom teeth. Impacted cases can take 30 minutes or even an hour, depending on how complicated it is.

How Long Is The Recovery Time After Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery?

It takes around 2 to 3 weeks to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction. After your procedure, you may notice that your cheeks are swollen, or in some cases, bruised. There’s no way to know how your body might react to the surgery until after it’s completed. The first few days after the procedure, you should have a soft diet only, containing foods like porridge. You cannot chew hard foods without negatively affecting your tooth or teeth. To ease your pain, you can apply a cold compress to your face to reduce the swelling. For a more speedy recovery, try to restrict your activity so that your body can gather enough strength and recover fully. Most importantly, do not forget to take the prescribed medicine that your Edmonton dentist has advised you to take.

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