Our Wisdom teeth can be a real issue!
Why do we even have them?
Do we have to get them removed?
Recent studies have shown that the third molar or, what is commonly known as, the wisdom tooth, served a purpose centuries ago when humans survived on many kinds of nuts, larger foods and bones. During time of Neanderthals, the wisdom tooth was a necessity. Their jaws were much larger than the modern human jaw. This space allowed for the four extra teeth. Over time, human’s skulls have all around become smaller due to evolution. NOT making us les intelligent, but further more making those teeth no longer necessary or survival.
Unfortunately, wisdom teeth cause a bit of a painful problem for us now because if they stay in the bone oral issues may arise. For example, food may be trapped in the gum tissues surrounding the tooth which causes bacterial growth. This growth of bacteria can lead to different types of infection. The tooth itself decays and cysts begin to form. The cysts that form may cause serious destruction to the bones and increases the chances of ruining the adjacent teeth. Though a rare case, tumors can develop in the cyst causing the jaw to break if the cyst were to rupture.
Not every needs to have their wise tooth removed, but around 80-85% need to have them removed. Sometimes wisdom teeth can cause sensitivity to temperature and sweet foods and even change the way a person bites. This is called malocclusion. Your wisdom teeth can cause crowding in the front of your mouth where the rest of your adult teeth are, inevitable changing your bite. This is the reason why many patients with a lot of crowding are recommended to remove teeth to create space. The space allows your orthodontist to give you an improved bite with no crowding.
Straighter teeth are cleaner teeth. If you noticed that you have a strange bit like this one contact us here at iSmile Orthodontics. We have many locations White Plains, New York, Yonkers, New York and Bridgport, Connecticut. We would love to give you a great smile!