Wisdom teeth can cause quite the stir. Often, they grow in painful and do not fit right. Other times, they fit okay, but it is still a good idea to take them out. At Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, we are able to examine wisdom teeth, create a plan for them, and extract them as needed.
Since most of everyone has their wisdom teeth pulled out, you may be wondering why we even have wisdom teeth in the first place. Well, there is a theory that we needed them about 20,000 years ago. Back then, humans had a much rougher diet of things like of uncooked meat, nuts, and roots. It is thought that the extra teeth helped chew through these foods better. However, since, then, the human facial structure and jaw has shrunken. We also have a lot more food options and do not eat such tough chews all the time. This has rendered our wisdom teeth ill-fitting and unnecessary.
In order to remove wisdom teeth, first, your doctor will make an incision in the gums to access the bone tissue holding in the tooth. The bone is removed and the tooth is rocked back and forth until it is pulled free. Occasionally, the tooth will need to be broken up into several pieces before it is removed. The area is then cleaned and stitched up to heal. You will need to follow instructions to allow a healthy and speedy recovery.
Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain. It is important to have them monitored if you think they are growing in. To schedule an appointment at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call our office at (719) 471-1717 or visit our website, www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com.