Myths about wisdom teeth have entered popular culture throughout the ages, and have left some misconceptions about both the teeth themselves and the procedure. Today we’ve dedicated our blog to separating the fact from the fiction.
The Myths About Wisdom Teeth
Having (or Not Having) Wisdom Teeth isn’t Normal — About 65% of humans are born with wisdom teeth and 35% are not. That doesn’t mean that those without them are “weird” or “freaks of nature”- having or not having wisdom teeth is all a matter of genetics and serves relatively little benefit.
You Always Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed — Some studies have shown a large percentage of wisdom teeth procedures that end up being performed are unnecessary. In reality, wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they have a chance of becoming “impacted wisdom teeth,” meaning that they have a chance of growing in crooked or causing potential pain. Many patients choose to have them removed as preventative measure. Likewise, it’s easier to deal with wisdom teeth removal when you are younger than if you choose to have them removed later in life because roots haven’t fully formed yet.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction is a Painful Procedure — Fact: Wisdom Teeth Removal is not a painless, fun experience. But also factual: It’s not as bad as most people say. Though wisdom teeth extraction is certainly not on anybody’s short list of ways to spend their leisure time, the procedure itself has become relatively painless. Due to the wonders of modern medicine, you can (and likely will) be sedated during the procedure which allows for numbing of the pain or to be put to sleep during the procedure. Afterward your teeth may be a little sore, and you may not be able to eat hard foods for a few days, but you’re preventing a lot more pain in the long run.