wisdom teeth extractionHaving your wisdom teeth pulled is a very universal experience. It almost seems like a rite of passage as you enter adulthood. Of course, not everyone needs to have it done, but it certainly seems like many of our friends, family, and peers have experiences they are happy to share whenever the procedure comes up in conversation. Having them removed is often medically necessary and can help maintain the overall health of your mouth. Additionally, according to a study that came out this year, their extraction can lead to improved tasting abilities decades after the procedure is done. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist discusses these results.

Enjoy More Taste With Fewer Teeth

According to a study conducted by individuals from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, — and published in Chemical Senses — patients who have their wisdom teeth extracted can see an improvement in taste function from the time they undergo the surgery to twenty years down the road. Participants in the study underwent scientifically-backed tests over the course of decades, and the results show that they had more robust taste than those who retained their third molars. Previously it was thought that those without wisdom teeth lost taste, so these findings are interesting and challenge the formerly-held beliefs on the subject. All this being said, the improvements are subtle and take place over many years, so one will most likely not be able to notice any differences before and after the procedure.

When You Will Need Them Removed

Believe it or not, having your wisdom teeth extracted to improve your taste is not an option — plus it’s not noticeable enough to warrant it. That said, there are several other reasons that necessitate removal. Most commonly, your dentist or dentist will recommend it when it appears that your third molars are impacted, coming in at an odd angle, or will overcrowd your existing teeth. If they have partially erupted, then your oral health professional will assess your mouth to see if there is a risk of infection. If any of these criteria are met, removal will likely be necessary. 

Luckily, this oral surgery procedure is very common, so you have nothing to worry about. You will be either completely anesthetized or will have IV sedation. Either way, you will not feel a thing and will be completely relaxed the entire time. Once your dentist finishes the surgery, you will go home and rest for a few days. Make sure you have plenty of soft foods on hand because your mouth will certainly feel sore. 

Contact Us To Learn More About Wisdom Teeth

Even though you probably won’t notice taste improvement after having your third molars removed, it is still medically necessary in many cases. If you have any questions about the procedure or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143. We look forward to hearing from you and talking to you.