Patient Contest

SPREAD THE WORD AND WIN!

Opus 1 is new to the community. We’d love to meet you! Come by the office, meet our team, and take your picture in our photo booth. Go ahead, share it with your friends- at the end of the summer, the person who posted the photo with the most likes wins a $100 Visa Giftcard! What better way to introduce ourselves to the world? So come in and show us your smile, your grimace, or goofy face. Whatever works for you!

*Please see our office for details.

May
23
2018

Wise Up About Wisdom Teeth

REMOVING WISDOM TEETH is a major rite of passage for many in their late teens and early twenties. You see images of swollen cheeks on social media, people share videos of themselves acting loopy from the anesthetics on YouTube, and enjoy an excuse to drink as many smoothies as possible. But what is the purpose of these teeth in the first place if most of us just get them removed?

Vestigial Third Molars

A common theory about why we have a third set of molars is that our ancient ancestors needed them to effectively grind up the foods they ate. Unlike a modern diet of softer cooked and processed foods, theirs consisted of roots, fibrous plants, and raw meat, so they actually needed their wisdom teeth. Some even say these teeth moved forward to replace teeth often lost due to poor oral hygiene.

Some theorize that it is our diets more than our genes that determine whether or not we have room in our jaws for all thirty-two teeth. Eating a prehistoric diet during the developmental years might stimulate enough growth to accommodate them, while a modern diet does not (but we don’t recommend testing this theory).

Why Wisdom Teeth Are Removed

Fewer and fewer people will have wisdom teeth or even less than four, but for most, they show up between ages 17 and 21. With enough room, they can come in with no trouble, but many people experience problems that necessitate extraction.

The main reasons for wisdom tooth extraction are impaction (meaning they are trapped beneath the gums, where they can form cysts and damage nearby teeth and bone) and insufficient room in the jaw, which causes damage, crowding, and pain. Some dental work may require wisdom teeth removal as well. If your wisdom teeth come in correctly and you are able to clean them properly, you might not need to have them removed, so enjoy your extra chewing power! Some seek orthodontic treatment with braces to utilize the wisdom teeth if they erupt naturally.

Tips To Remember Before You Get Yours Removed

If your wisdom teeth do need to be removed, be sure to rest up before the big day so that you’ll be able to heal as quickly as possible. Afterward, stay well hydrated and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot beverages for the first day or two, because these can all cause problems with the extraction sites. However, you can enjoy as many soft foods like ice cream, yogurt, and applesauce as you want! After a couple of days, you can add in soups, but wait a week or two before you go back to hard or chewy foods.

We’ll Take Care Of Your Smile

No two cases of wisdom teeth removal are exactly the same, which is why your dentist will approach them on a case-by-case basis. they watch their progress as they come in to determine whether extraction will be necessary. Some discomfort is normal for any teeth coming in, but if you’re experiencing what seems like an unusual amount of pain from your wisdom teeth, see your dentist right away. Dr. Barakat will monitor your wisdom teeth while you are in orthodontic treatment here at Opus 1. Even while in braces you can have your wisdom teeth removed. We will always let you know if we think it’s time to send you to see your dentist or an oral surgeon to evaluate your third molars.

We ALWAYS look forward to seeing your smiling faces! 🙂

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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