Wisdom Teeth Charlotte, NC
Wisdom teeth are the last set of adult teeth that usually erupt as an individual matures. These are a set of adult molars that come in at the end of one’s jaw. They can be problematic because they generally move the position of the other adjacent molars as they erupt.
Are you wondering why your wisdom teeth have not come in yet? While all healthy adults do grow a set of molars, not everyone will have their wisdom teeth come in. As a matter of fact, almost 5% of the global population does not, and will not, have their wisdom teeth come in. The reason behind not having wisdom teeth coming in is nothing else but a sign of human evolution.
While our early ancestors needed the extra set of molars to grind and chew tougher meats and raw vegetables, this is no longer the need for the modern human being. With the easy availability of processed, refined, and softer food options, the human body no longer needs to grow another set of molars.
When Do Wisdom Teeth Come In?
In general, the common age bracket for wisdom teeth to come in is between 17 and 25. However, an individual can grow wisdom teeth before or after this. As mentioned above, though, not everyone will have wisdom teeth come in.
Moreover, there is no way for you to cause your wisdom teeth to come in or stop them from coming in, once they do. However, in cases of discomfort, you can get your wisdom teeth extracted.
What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Although a large majority of the world’s population has wisdom teeth, many of them choose to get these teeth extracted. Since wisdom teeth come in much later in life, the gum tissue is already thicker and tougher. As the wisdom teeth erupt, they tear the skin and cause the adjacent molars to be pushed out of their original positions. This can be extremely uncomfortable and painful for you, and can even lead to an infection if the torn-up gums are not taken care of.
As a result, many people choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted by an oral surgeon as soon as they erupt. If you plan on having one or all of your wisdom teeth extracted, you must know what to eat after the surgical procedure. Here is a list of foods.
Finally, once you feel that your extraction sites have fully healed up, discuss the progress with your dentist before you go back to eating all other kinds of foods. For this, consult with Amir Marashi, MD, DDS, FACS at Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery to determine whether you’re able to eat spicier or harder food options again.
How Long Does It Take to Heal?
The exact period of any surgery’s recovery usually depends on your health, the complexity of your condition, and your post-surgery care practices. If you had a simple and uncomplicated wisdom tooth extraction, and you consumed lots of bone broth and vitamin C rich juices after your surgery, your extraction sites will fully recover within two to three weeks.
Moreover, apart from your diet, you can also practice an additional post-op care routine to further decrease the recovery period and avoid an infection.
Make sure you take the prescribed antibiotics on time and as directed. Make sure you take the full dose. Moreover, keep your dental hygiene in check and make sure to brush your teeth and use an anti-inflammatory mouthwash regularly. Furthermore, use a clean cotton swab to remove any food particles or blood clots from the extraction site.
If you continue to feel pain or discomfort after this period, despite these post-op practices, it is best to consult your dentist before you go back to eating regular food.
How Many Wisdom Teeth Do We Have?
In general, people can grow a total of four wisdom teeth in their adulthood. However, there are people who will only grow one, two, or three wisdom teeth. The exact number of wisdom teeth that people develop does not depend on the person’s health, nor can you influence it.
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If you do not have a set of wisdom teeth, there is nothing for you to worry about as these teeth cannot affect you. However, if your wisdom teeth have come in, and they are causing constant pain or discomfort, the best option for you is to have them professionally extracted by a well-reputed dentist.
To discuss the condition of your wisdom teeth, and to schedule an appointment for analysis and extraction, call Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery at our Pineville office at (980) 332-7991.