What You Should Know about Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are remnants from ancient humanity that cause problems
for many patients. Although wisdom teeth may seem useless and
inconvenient, they once served an important role in health. When wisdom
teeth appeared at the end of adolescence, they served to support the
teeth of early humans who were nearing later life. Today, humans live
longer and eat softer foods, making wisdom teeth unnecessary. Smaller
jaw size in most modern people also makes it important to have wisdom
teeth extracted by our dentist in Torrance for the majority of patients.
Pain from Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth often hurt when they erupt because they have to break
through the mature, hardened jaws. However, the pain does not
necessarily stop there. Most patients have too little space in their
mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth, resulting in painful shifting of
other teeth. Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, promoting risks
of tooth decay and gum disease that can become extremely painful.
Research has found that only about 5 to 10 percent of people avoid
problems when their wisdom teeth emerge.
Left alone, wisdom teeth can cause permanent bite irregularities, as
well as more acute problems. This means that as soon as wisdom teeth
show signs of eruption, patients should schedule a consultation with our
expert in wisdom teeth extraction in Torrance. Extraction of wisdom
teeth is performed under anesthesia that prevents patients from feeling
pain during the procedure. A short appointment to eliminate these
bothersome and potentially dangerous teeth can save patients from not
only severe pain, but potentially life-threatening infections, as well.
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