Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically erupt through the gums during the teenage or young adult years. Many people don’t realize that our teeth are specially designed to perform particular chewing functions. For example, the incisors or front teeth incise or slice the food, whereas the molars are meant for chewing and breaking food down into small, digestible pieces.
Two set of molars, first molars and second molars, are sufficient in most of us to eat properly. Therefore the third molars, or the wisdom teeth as they are popularly known, actually have little relevance with regards to normal chewing function.
In addition, wisdom teeth can be potentially harmful and cause great discomfort if not extracted. As they start erupting, they put pressure on the neighboring teeth to come into position. The process can generate a dull or sharp pain, as there is a lack of sufficient space to accommodate the wisdom teeth in most individuals. Even if it does happen to erupt properly and inline, being that it’s the very last tooth, maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene becomes very difficult. So, wisdom teeth are more susceptible to decay and periodontal problems.
In most instances, it is recommended that wisdom teeth should be removed. The complexity of the surgery itself depends on the shape and angle of the roots and teeth. Many Clarity Dentistry patients choose to use conscious sedation during the procedure so that their experience is more relaxed.