Wisdom Teeth: Facts and Myths
With all the information about wisdom teeth available online, it can be hard to know what’s true and what’s false. To help you learn more about wisdom teeth removals, the experts at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Vancouver, WA, have compiled a list of common myths and facts about the procedure and what to expect.
Fact or Myth?
- If I can’t see or feel my wisdom teeth, they are probably growing in fine.
False. Even if you don’t notice your wisdom teeth growing in, they can start to become crooked and threaten your surrounding teeth. If you wait until you feel pain or other symptoms of developing wisdom teeth, damage to your molars, bone, and gum tissue may have already occurred. Having regular dental exams (including occasional X-rays) is the best way to determine if your wisdom teeth are growing in normally and prevent future damage. Wisdom teeth usually finish developing during the late teens to early twenties, but it’s still important to have regular dental examinations every year.
- Any dental professional can remove wisdom teeth.
False. Wisdom teeth extractions often occur before the teeth have emerged through the gums, which means a surgical procedure will be required to get wisdom teeth out from beneath gum tissue, bone, or other structures like cysts and tumors. Also, wisdom teeth have some of the deepest roots of any teeth, and they have a tendency to cause complications. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified to remove wisdom teeth because they receive the most surgical and anesthesia training of any dental professional. They understand the surgical techniques necessary to make sure your procedure is as efficient and safe as possible.
- I won’t be able to eat crunchy or chewy foods after my wisdom teeth are removed.
True. Right after your surgery, you will have to adhere to a soft foods diet. Most patients feel ready to start incorporating harder foods after just a few days. Having a limited diet may not sound ideal, but there are many healthy and delicious foods that fit into a soft foods diet. Foods such as applesauce, soups, cottage cheese, yogurt, mashed potatoes, pasta, beans, cooked fish, and soft steamed veggies are all tasty, nutritious options. Ice cream, smoothie bowls, frozen yogurt, and Jell-O are also tasty soft treats. If you still aren’t sure what you should eat, your oral surgeon will be able to give more suggestions before your procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Removals in Vancouver, WA
At Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we want all of our patients to feel well informed and prepared before their treatment. If you have any additional questions about wisdom teeth removals, feel free to check out our website or call our office in Vancouver, WA, for more information.