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April 13th, 2022
Did you know that the average human mouth has space for 28 teeth? However, when we account for wisdom teeth, that’s 32 teeth in total - 4 more than what our mouths can accommodate. The truth is, we don’t need our wisdom teeth. So why do we have them?
Centuries ago, our ancestors ate raw meat and they needed wisdom teeth to be able to properly grind the meat down for consumption. Over time, our diets became softer with cooked food and, through the process of evolution, our jaws consequently became smaller though our wisdom teeth continue to grow.
The result of extra teeth in a smaller jaw set? Crowding, nerve damage, impacted teeth, infections, bone damage, and more. At Pro Grace Dentistry, we want to prevent these issues before they cause painful problems and we do so with wisdom teeth removal - a safe and routine surgical procedure that requires very little recovery time.
One of the biggest concerns we get about wisdom teeth removal is the fear of pain. Understandably, many patients are anxious about any type of oral surgery and any pain that may come with it.
The good news is, dentistry has advanced greatly to help make procedures less invasive, less painful, and quicker. In fact, you shouldn’t feel any pain at all during the appointment. And we like to remind our patients that this surgery is to prevent potentially painful issues later down the road.
Some discomfort and pressure are normal, but we take the necessary steps to numb your mouth with anesthetics and ease your anxiety with sedation if you should need it. The healing process can be uncomfortable, but any pain can be easily remedied with proper aftercare and prescribed painkillers.
Here’s what to expect when you schedule wisdom teeth extraction:
A common misconception amongst patients is that they don’t need to remove their wisdom teeth because they’re not causing any issues. However, remember that we want to extract wisdom teeth before they cause issues. Wisdom teeth extraction is commonly done during the late teen years to the early 20s because the recovery time is quicker. Older people may have a harder time with wisdom teeth extraction because tooth roots are more solidified into the jawbone, increasing the risk of nerve damage. If you’re not sure whether you need wisdom teeth extraction, request an appointment with us at Pro Grace Dentistry and our professional team can help you make an informed decision.
"If there were 6 stars, I would rate Pro Grace with that. Everyone, from the front desk to the surgeon were very knowledgeable and welcoming. It made my visit that much more enjoyable."