WISDOM TEETH QUESTIONS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WISDOM TOOTH PROBLEM

Wisdom Tooth Questions?

A general dentist is one who has done BDS and has not received any specialized post-graduate education. General dentist not only provides the basic treatments but also can aid the policy makers or relevant bodies to govern the regulations related to the field. Usually, a general dentist who is not a surgeon can’t perform complex surgeries in most sensitive cases. Like, he may treat root canal only if it is not a severe case.

If you haven’t gotten your wisdom teeth out yet, then you have many things to consider. Most people need to have them removed, and it requires a specialist. Read to find out why and what to expect when you make the decision!

So, your dentist says you need to undergo wisdom tooth removal and you’re feeling a little apprehensive. Here’s everything you need to know before you go in for surgery (and how to ensure a speedy recovery) so you can go into the process feeling prepared.

By the end of this post, you’ll know:

  • What to ask your dentist
  • What to expect during the procedure
  • What to expect in terms of pain
  • How to prevent a dry socket

How Necessary Is Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Simply put, there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth because our jaws don’t grow to be big enough to have enough space for them to come in. Since there isn’t enough room for them to erupt properly, wisdom teeth tend to come in at an angle or they don’t fully emerge, which causes problems for the rest of the mouth.

Third molars (the wisdom teeth) routinely damage the teeth right next door, called second molars. Dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth before they become a problem and to avoid a more complicated surgery.

In my practice, I see very few people who don’t need their wisdom tooth removed.

How Old Do I Need to Be to Have Them Removed? 

Wisdom teeth erupt from the age of 18-25. Depending on the type and severity of impacted teeth, you may need wisdom teeth removed anywhere around the age of 17-18. It’s possible to have them removed at any age, however serious complications of wisdom tooth surgery are less likely in younger adults.


Why Don’t We Have Room for Wisdom Teeth?

Our jaws are smaller than they used to be. That’s not because of evolution — it’s because our modern diet lacks certain key nutrients that allow the jaw to develop properly.

One vitamin in particular, Vitamin K2, is responsible for letting the jaw develop by taking calcium in the body and putting it into the bones. Most people don’t grow up eating the kinds of food where you’d get Vitamin K2 — liver and organ meat as well as animal products from animals that eat grass (not grain or corn). The low-fat food craze of the 90s, as well as factory farming, have virtually obliterated Vitamin K2 from our diets.

That’s why, these days, an underdeveloped lower third of the face is so common that it has become the norm. Our ancestors and small tribes not eating the modern diet had great jaw development with room for all 32 teeth to come in straight.

What to Ask at the Consultation:

  • Do all of my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
  • What are my options for anesthesia?
  • What complications do you expect to see during the procedure? What is the worst case scenario?
  • Compared to all of the other cases you have done, how does my case rank in terms of difficulty?
  • What are the risks of doing this surgery?
  • Will my face get puffy? How long will it be until my appearance is normal and I can return to school or work?
  • What will happen if I leave my wisdom teeth in?

So, how do you know if your jaw developed fully? It depends on your childhood. Eating raw, crunchy foods rich in the nutrients found in organ meats and grass-fed animal fats are what stimulate proper jaw development. Nowadays, childhood diets are heavy in soft, nutrient-poor foods like applesauce and Goldfish crackers. Bottlefeeding and sippy cups can also hinder proper jaw development. Our diets have gotten too soft and our jaws aren’t developing fully due to lack of use.

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