At 8/9/12 01:00 PM, tarahloveshentai wrote:
I'm 22 and my wisdom teeth are already out in my mouth, I think.
It doesn't hurt or anything, I think I'm just lucky and actually have room for them.
how did people deal with wisdom teeth in the olden days?
Most of our jaws have gotten narrower because of evolution. A very long time ago, this wasn't really much of a problem.
My wisdom teeth were highly impacted and extremely bothersome quite a while ago. I had an oral surgeon remove all 4 on January 10, 2008. The procedure took about 30 minutes and I decided not to be IV sedated. I handled myself pretty well during the surgery and post-operatively. At the time, I was 17 and almost 18.
For anyone that hasn't gotten it done but is thinking about it, try to get it done before you're 25, because if you try to get it done when you're 25 or older, you greatly increase your chances of getting your mandibular nerve and all its branches (particularly the inferior alveolar and lingual nerves) temporarily or permanently damaged...at least for your lower wisdom teeth. For the upper teeth, there's also a much higher risk of your sinuses being exposed or perforated. All of this is due to the fact that wisdom teeth roots start to fully form when you're around 25, so getting them out early long before that happens is a much smarter thing to do and much less painful...and that is only if you need them out to begin with. If your wisdom teeth are completely asymptomatic--as in they aren't impacted, perfectly aligned and not bothering you, it's not practical to try to get them removed because you'll just suffer needlessly and waste a lot of money. That's especially true if you're already 25 or older, which I would say is a very big contraindication in itself. My dad is almost 50, still has his wisdom teeth and is doing okay. My mom for some reason waited until she was 40 to get hers out and that wasn't a smart decision, but she's fine now.