Wisdom Teeth Mostly Need Removal, So Why Do We Have Them?

Those damn wisdom teeth! So smart and yet so dumb. No one really knows why we have them, but in fact there is a reason. However, everyone knows that they need to “come out” – hopefully sooner rather than later.

 Wisdom teeth usually need to be removed

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Back in the day, when our ancestors lived in caves, they didn’t have things such as electric cookers, microwaves, and so on, and so they had to live on a diet of chewy plants, and raw meat when they had success with their hunting. Wisdom teeth, our third molars, were essential in order to break food down so that it could be swallowed.

Today we have softer foods, we have cookers, and we have those marvels of modern life – knives, forks, and spoons. So, we don’t need the wisdom teeth any more and our jaws have grown smaller. But the wisdom teeth, for some reason, still try to grow – rather like the appendix, which is also not required – but there is not enough room for them. So, they grow sideways, get stuck in the gums, push other teeth out of alignment, and generally make themselves a nuisance. So, the answer is to get rid of them.

People also wonder why they are called “wisdom” teeth, and the answer is that they don’t start to erupt until you are in your mid-teens, by which time you are assumed to have acquired a certain amount of wisdom. However, there are many parents who would question that assessment!

They Need To Come Out

Whatever. The fact is that they need to come out, and for that you need an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal in San Francisco. And if you want the best oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal in San Francisco you need to come to Oral Surgery San Francisco in the Financial District.

Our Dr. Alex Rabinovich and Dr. Noah Sandler can undertake an oral examination of your mouth and use x-rays in order to establish the position of your third molars and whether they are going to cause issues if left to grow. This is important, because if they are going to cause problems, it is best to remove them sooner rather than later. Leaving them alone may be rather like waiting for an accident to happen.

As the best oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal in San Francisco, our Dr. Rabinovich or Dr. Sandler will use the best procedure for their removal without causing any damage to surrounding nerves. The surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure in our office here in Sacramento Street and after removal the gum will be sutured. Your post-operative kit includes pain medication and antibiotics. You will then just need to come back to the office a week later for the suture removal.

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