Simply put, there isn't enough room for wisdom teeth because our jaws don't grow to be big enough to have enough space for them to come in. Since there isn't not enough room for them to erupt properly, wisdom teeth come in at an angle, or they don't fully emerge, which causes problems for the rest of the mouth. Third molars (the wisdom teeth) routinely damage the teeth right next door, called second molars. Dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth before they become a problem and to avoid a more complicated surgery.
What Happens If I Don't Have Them Removed?
The reason we remove wisdom teeth is to prevent them from damaging other healthy teeth. Often, wisdom teeth erupt perpendicularly to the teeth next door (your second molars). When wisdom teeth come in sideways like this, it throws off your bite, creates an area where food gets caught and decays both of the teeth, and can even cause a painful infection. So, if you skip the surgery today, it's likely to cause complications and issues down the road.
What Is The Recovery Time After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The pain, swelling and discomfort that follows wisdom tooth extraction is a normal part of the healing process. How long is wisdom teeth recovery time? When will you be back to chewing crunchy carrots and apples with ease?
The recovery period can take several days and in some cases there may still be swelling and discomfort for a week or more. Use ice packs, enjoy soft foods and keep your mouth clean with simple salt water. If you notice any unusual symptoms like pus discharge, severe pain or a fever, call your oral surgeon right away. While complications such as an infection are rare, they are possible.