A few bits of wisdom about wisdom teeth
Dr. Kami Hoss admits that some of the most memorable times in his career always involved trivial discussions on the more interesting aspects of dentistry, such as the weird world of wisdom teeth.
For this blog, Dr. Hoss keeps it light and fun by sharing a few amazing facts about wisdom teeth, those dreaded third molars.
Wisdom teeth don’t always hurt.
There are times when the third molars erupt; they line up perfectly with the rest of the teeth. If this happens, no surgery is needed.
Wisdom teeth isn’t for everybody.
While the popular belief is that everyone will suffer the third molar eruption, some people don’t experience it all. Studies show that eruptions happen when a person is between 17 and 25 years old.
Eruptions can be rather unpredictable.
Even with all the technological developments, scientists and researchers have yet to invent the technology to determine how the third molar will grow. However, there are tools and techniques available today to ensure that oral surgeons correctly manage misaligned and painful eruptions.
Bad habits will play their role.
Smoking can cause infections called “dry sockets,” which may be quite unpleasant for patients. Drinking, on the other hand, may delay the procedure since alcoholic beverages negate the effects of anesthesia and later on, painkillers, Dr. Kami Hoss mentions.
Dr. Kami Hoss, DDS, MS, holds a master’s degree in craniofacial biology and doctorate in dental surgery. He co-founded The Super Dentists with his business partner and wife Dr. Nazli Keri. For similar updates, head over to this page.