Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed to avoid infections and damaging other teeth

# Wisdom Teeth Removal


Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last of your teeth to erupt. They are also the most common teeth to become impacted, a condition in which they cannot erupt fully, or at all, through your gums. When your wisdom teeth are impacted, you can be left with serious issues such as infections, cysts, overcrowding, and damage to your adjacent teeth. When your wisdom teeth are impacted, they should be removed right away. Rockwall Oral Surgery can help.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Know the facts about wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth extractions.

Why are the Third Molars Called Wisdom Teeth?

The third molars are more commonly called wisdom teeth. However, have you ever wondered why? These last 4 teeth received the nickname because of the timeframe in which they erupt. While all of your other adult teeth erupt by around the age of 13, the wisdom teeth do not erupt until your late teens the to early 20s. This is a transitional period when you go from adolescence to adulthood. At this time, you are thought to be wiser, hence the name.

Why Should I Use an OMS for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

When you need your wisdom teeth extracted, the procedure should be done by an OMS. As OMS experts, we have the training, the experience, and the expertise to extract your wisdom teeth safely and reduce the risk of complications such as infections and other issues. We can also deal with more complex situations to provide you with the best possible results, restoring your oral health and improving your quality of life.

Extracting your wisdom teeth can help to alleviate pain while restoring your oral health and your quality of life.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Wisdom Teeth Surgery?

It can take about two weeks to heal from wisdom teeth surgery. Following surgery, pain and swelling are common. You may also experience some bruising. It is important for you to rest and take it easy for at least the first few days after surgery. Maintain a diet of soft foods and follow postsurgical care instructions. Swelling should begin to dissipate after the first few days and jaws stiffness and soreness should go away about a week after surgery. Recovery is different from everyone, but it is important that you follow your post-surgical instructions to avoid complications.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted?

Wisdom teeth can become impacted for many reasons.

  • One of the most common reasons is due to insufficient space. Thousands of years ago, the human jaw was larger and able to accommodate the wisdom teeth. Over the years, however, once the wisdom teeth were no longer important, the size of the human jaws began to shrink, even though the teeth still develop. As a result, many people do not have enough space in their mouth to accommodate all 32 adult teeth.
  • The wisdom teeth may also become impacted because the teeth are blocked by bone or tissue.
  • The wisdom teeth may also be growing at an angle or completely sideways.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

The wisdom teeth were once very important. The diet of our ancestors consisted of a substantial amount of rough, coarse foods, all of which took a significant amount of chewing. The wisdom teeth aided in breaking down these foods to digest them. Following the invention of cooking, however, food was made softer and easier to chew. The wisdom teeth have essentially become obsolete, but they continue to develop.

Questions About Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

For more information on wisdom teeth extraction, and to schedule your consultation, call Rockwall Oral Surgery at (469)757-4433 today. We are here to serve you.