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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Rochester, MN

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Animation of impacted wisdom tooth

What makes the wisdom teeth so wise? They actually get their name from the fact that they typically start to come in around the late teens or early twenties, signaling the end of someone’s childhood years. However, they are also the most often extracted teeth. Why? If you have a teenager at home or think you might be experiencing pain because of your wisdom teeth, you’ll find the answers to these questions and more below.

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What Are the Wisdom Teeth?

X-ray of impacted wisdom teeth

The wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars. For our caveman ancestors, they came in quite handy due to their rough diet, which mostly consisted of roots and tough meats. Over time, cooking methods improved, food became easier to eat, and the human jaw slowly shrank as time went on. Eventually, it got to the point where most people simply don’t have enough room in their mouth for these teeth, which is why they are so often removed.

Wisdom Tooth-Related Problems

Animation of wisdom tooth

When the wisdom teeth start to come in, the usually bring a lot of discomfort with them. They tend to put a lot of pressure on the other teeth, which can cause them to shift, and they often become stuck (or impacted) as well. This can lead to pain in the jaw, and they can sometimes develop an infection as well. Ideally, we’ll be able to keep an eye on a patient’s wisdom teeth so we can remove them before they cause any of these issues.

How a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Works

Metal clasp holding extracted tooth

Most of the time, the wisdom teeth need to be removed before they have fully erupted into the mouth, which calls for a procedure known as a surgical extraction. For this, after thoroughly numbing a patient, we’ll remove any gum or bone tissue that is still encasing the wisdom teeth so we can reach and remove them. Most patients feel next to nothing during this procedure, and while their mouth may be a little sore afterward, the recovery time is usually less than a week.