Normally, four wisdom teeth erupt around the age of 20. According to scientists, some people do not need their wisdom teeth for chewing – wisdom teeth are vestiges from our evolutionary past when the human mouth had larger jaws and more teeth for chewing.
If wisdom teeth are causing one or more of the problems listed below, then wisdom tooth removal may be a consideration, or in some cases – the best solution:
Lack of space for other teeth – the wisdom teeth are causing crowding
Gum pain and/or swelling
The wisdom tooth does not fully emerge
Irregular position of the wisdom tooth
A decayed wisdom tooth
The wisdom tooth is interfering with orthodontic treatment
Threat to adjacent teeth
Wisdom tooth removal is usually performed under local anaesthesia, but in more severe cases, full sedation is sometimes used as well. After wisdom tooth removal, the dentist usually prescribes medication, icing and rinsing. For a few days after the procedure, you should avoid exercise, saunas and flying.
Remember that after having a tooth removed, you should stick to soft foods such as curd cheese, porridge or soup, and avoid very hot food, foods that require a lot of chewing, nuts and seeds.