The pain of wisdom teeth growing in is something most people can relate to with the majority of Australians electing to get them surgically removed. From these countless stories about the aching and agony caused by wisdom teeth, it’s no surprise several myths have popped up about how they work, grow, and the side effects of their removal. So, let’s set the record straight and debunk the most common myths surrounding wisdom teeth themselves, their removal, and the recovery after an extraction.
Myth 1: Everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed
Did you know that around 35% of the population have no wisdom teeth? When you get dental x-rays around the ages of 17-25, you’ll find out if you have wisdom teeth and if they need to be removed. Additionally, if your wisdom teeth come in properly positioned and don’t cause pain or disease, then they’re perfectly fine to stay in.
It’s important to ask your dentist about whether wisdom tooth extraction is necessary. Such instances usually include jaw damage or damage to other teeth, decay, inflamed gums signifying underlying issues, or sinus problems. If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, our team at Tooth Crusader can monitor them to ensure they’re coming in properly and not leading to and difficulty with brushing or flossing which can help when food is trapped and to remove any cavity-causing bacteria. We can also make sure there’s enough space for them to grow in so there’s no overcrowding that will cause misaligned teeth which, in turn, can cause bacteria to build up in your gums. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, a cyst may also form near the tooth which can destroy the supporting bone underneath your teeth so it’s vital to keep up with your regular dental check-ups.
Myth 2: Pain-free wisdom teeth don’t need to be removed
If you’re one of the lucky people who don’t experience pain when wisdom teeth come in, that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t need to be removed. Despite no overcrowding or disease, complications from neighbouring teeth, cysts, or infections can still arise. If you’ve got damage to your wisdom teeth or the bone beneath, you may face further complications such as damage to nearby nerves or the breakdown of the jawbone.
You can always opt to have your wisdom teeth removed to avoid these complications; however, it’s best to discuss your options with your dentist at Tooth Crusader before electing to have surgery. For more information, call our team today on (02) 8097 1838.
Myth 3: You can’t eat or drink for two days after a wisdom tooth extraction
You need food to survive so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that this is a myth. However, it’s important to note that hard foods should be avoided for the first day or two after your wisdom tooth removal. Soft foods like ice cream and yoghurt are ideal; however, you also want to avoid chewy, spicy, and hot foods as they can irritate the wound.
At Tooth Crusader, our dentists are happy to provide a list of foods that are safe to eat following your wisdom tooth removal surgery. Anything soft and cold can help reduce the swelling, soothe the pain, and are easy to digest but you’ll need to avoid using a straw as the suction can cause more problems around the wound.
Removing your wisdom teeth is a decision that should be made in conjunction with your dentist. If you’re able to keep your wisdom teeth, this will save you from needless surgery; however, you’ll need to pay particular attention to these third molars when brushing and flossing as well as keeping up with your regular dental check-ups for a professional examination.
For more information or to book a wisdom tooth extraction, please call our team at Tooth Crusader today on (02) 8097 1838.