Wisdom Teeth- Myths vs Facts

Wisdom Teeth- Myths vs FactsKnown as the third molars in our set of pearly whites, wisdom teeth are so called because they typically make their presence felt at the ‘age of wisdom’ which falls between the age group of 17 – 25 years. A lot of tales exist about wisdom teeth and their subsequent removal. Dr. Priyank from Smilekraft Dentistry is here to bust some myths and highlight facts concerning wisdom teeth.

  • Everyone must get their wisdom teeth removed
    Myth.
    This is not true. Only wisdom teeth which are impacted or partially erupted may cause complications and discomfort and need to be removed. Having said this, about 35% of the world’s population is born without wisdom teeth and will thus never be bothered by them!
  • Removal of wisdom teeth causes deformation of the facial structure and difficulty in chewing
    Myth.
    This is completely false. While a little swelling and tenderness may occur for a short while post the extraction, a person can revert to old eating habits after a few days. Facial structure too remains the same.
  • Milk shakes and ice creams are great after an extraction
    Myth.
    Luckily this one is true! The fact that these are soft and cold helps reduce the pain and swelling post the extraction.
  • It is best to remove wisdom teeth prior to starting other orthodontic treatment
    Myth.
    Some people worry that wisdom teeth may erupt and cause shifting or dislodging of other dental treatments. However, this is not the case for everyone. Before any procedure, it is essential you discuss this with your dentist for best results.

Unless impacted, your wisdom teeth should give you no problem with proper dental care. Regular visits to your dentist is the best solution to avoid problems with your wisdom teeth.

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“While technical and scientific challenges keep me going professionally, its the ‘humane’ aspect of dentistry - the daily interaction with my patients - that I find most rewarding. Not a single moment of dullness, I am proud to have some of the most phobic patients as my friends today. I’d like to wipe out those unhappy childhood memories so many people associate dentists with and transform every dentist visit into a pleasant, enjoyable experience.

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