Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth were useful for our ancestors who chewed on tough foods, such as raw meat and sticks. They’re also replacement molars in case our other teeth fall out. However, with improved oral hygiene and dental technology, these teeth are essentially useless.
Wisdom teeth have trouble growing straight and in full. Only a few people are lucky enough to have space for their wisdom teeth to turn out perfectly straight. For a majority, these turn out either misaligned or crooked. For this reason, the earliest visit to Dr. Samadian is going to solve much of your wisdom tooth problems.
What are Impacted Teeth?
Impacted teeth or impacted wisdom teeth are those that do not get a safe oral environment to grow out well. The lack of space for four additional molars often makes it impossible for the impacted teeth to emerge or be extracted safely. If the gums are hardened, or if the neighboring teeth are too close, the impacted teeth will make the situation pretty painful for you. The jawbone may also be an obstruction in their path, resulting in intense nerve pain around the area.
An impacted wisdom tooth is when only the crown of the tooth is visible amongst the gums or when the entire tooth is trapped below the gum. You may have either partially impacted teeth or fully impacted teeth, depending on how poorly they’re erupting. There’s often a chance of oral infections and cysts to form through or around the opening meant for wisdom teeth. These can further cause dental ache, redness, and swollenness of your gums.