Wisdom teeth removal – for many dental patients, it is a right of way. But is each wisdom tooth story unique? Certainly. Including when your wisdom teeth are showing and when to remove them.
Hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, according to the Smithsonian Institution, our wisdom teeth should help us chew. They allowed the first humans to grind harder food when our jaws were wider and could accommodate our last molars. Today is a different story. Over time, we develop smaller jaws – which usually means less space for the last molars to loosen.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last permanent teeth to emerge. They usually kick for most between the ages of 17 and 21
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, they appear during the school and college years – but wisdom teeth grow much earlier, usually between the ages of 7 and 10. A study by Imaging Science in Dentistry found that the whole process takes years and is unique:
Men often see their wisdom teeth in front of women. And usually the upper molars appear first.
According to the Oral Health Foundation, you may experience pain and discomfort when your wisdom teeth explode. Fortunately, this should stop after the tooth and teeth are fully formed. Some have no symptoms. If you are in pain or pain, over-the-counter pain relievers or a slight swirl of warm salt water in your mouth are usually sufficient.
Some have no wisdom teeth, or simply never break completely. While some, usually 17 to 25 years old, have problems that include:
The British Journal of General Practice found that 80% of dental patients aged 70 and under need to have their wisdom teeth removed. The numbers don’t lie. And there are good reasons for the removal. The most common:
It would be advisable to remove a wisdom tooth, if advised. According to the study by the British Journal of General Practice, failure to remove it can cause perichoronitis, an infection in the tissues around a partially formed tooth. It is even possible that the roots of nearby teeth are damaged and lead to tumors. So, listen to your dentist – he has the best interest in mind for your teeth.
If you visit your dentist regularly, you are ahead of the game. Your doctor will monitor your third molars if they need attention or removal. It also doesn’t hurt to start wisdom tooth lectures (scenarios, possibilities, etc.) when you reach adolescence. If a permanent tooth has not arrived within a year of the expected time, Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests scheduling a visit to your dentist. Being proactive with regard to the development of wisdom teeth is essential to ensure high quality oral health.
When the time is right, your wisdom teeth will appear. And there is a chance that you need to remove them. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about wisdom teeth.
One of the most amazing things you will experience as a parent is to see your child grow up to be a child, an elementary school child, a teenager, and eventually an adult. You will celebrate many milestones, including the coming and going of deciduous and permanent teeth. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth. We at Smile Explorers Pediatric Dentistry are here to take care of your child’s dental health at every step!
Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the late teens or early twenties, although sometimes they appear later. However, these third molars form behind the scenes much earlier, usually between the ages of 7 and 10 years. First, the tooth calcifies, then the crown begins to form. Then, the root develops and eventually the tooth emerges through the gum line. This whole process can take several years and the time can vary greatly from person to person.
Most people experience mild discomfort that disappears when wisdom teeth die, while others may have no symptoms at all. In some cases, patients experience pain that can usually be relieved with over-the-counter medications and a mild rinse with warm water and salt.
Sometimes wisdom teeth can cause problems. Symptoms that indicate a problem with the outbreak include persistent pain or swelling in the jaw, difficulty opening the mouth, a bad smell or taste in the mouth or crooked front teeth. Additional signs of problems are painful, bleeding, red or swollen gums. These symptoms can result from improper cleaning of the area or indicate an infection of an affected wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth often cause problems because most people do not have enough space to accommodate them, which usually results in bumps or fangs in the gums or bone tissue. The affected wisdom teeth can cause intense pain and pressure.
Wisdom teeth often enter the wrong angle, pushing neighboring teeth out of alignment. This can overfill your mouth and make cleaning difficult, which can lead to the buildup of plaque, tooth decay or gum disease.
If your child has problems with wisdom teeth, we can recommend extraction. We may also need to remove your child’s wisdom teeth if it is clear that they cannot enter properly due to insufficient space, if they hurt or have deteriorated.
Do you know the signs of wisdom teeth? Many people have no problems with third molars, but others may experience painful symptoms. Will your wisdom teeth grow? There are benefits to having your third molars – commonly known as wisdom teeth – growing or erupting. Wisdom teeth usually emerge anytime after age 18 and, when in the correct position, can make chewing even easier or fill the space of an absent molar. If you need a dental bridge, wisdom teeth can also provide support, making the procedure easier.
However, wisdom tooth rupture is often not an easy matter. If the third molars are not in the correct position to grow properly, they can only partially break, leaving spaces between teeth that are difficult to reach. This is a place where bacteria can grow, which can lead to infection. Wisdom teeth can also be affected. This occurs when they do not have enough space to grow fully. As a result, they can become trapped under the gums or grow sideways, which can lead to all types of oral health problems.
Recognizing the normal signs of wisdom teeth is important. Although many people have no problems with the eruption of their third molars, symptoms such as swelling, pain, damage to other teeth or infections often occur. You should see your dentist if you think your wisdom teeth are growing, so that they can be removed, if necessary, before they cause serious side effects to your oral health.
If you notice a swelling in the back of your mouth on one or both sides, usually accompanied by mild discomfort, it is an important sign that your wisdom teeth are growing.
If you are detecting wisdom teeth at this point, it is a good idea to see your dentist to see if they are in a healthy position. The dentist can take x-rays to determine if there is enough space for wisdom teeth to grow without causing damage or overcrowding to other teeth.
Sometimes the signs of wisdom teeth can be more subtle, such as a headache. Wisdom teeth stuck under the gum or in the wrong position can cause overcrowding, and the resulting pressure and tension in the jaw can be a headache.
If you already have a headache regularly, this symptom can easily go unnoticed. It is best to continue to see your dentist regularly, even if you have no problem, to have an x-ray of the affected wisdom teeth in advance and determine the best course of action.
When wisdom teeth partially explode, bacteria can grow and cause infections. How exactly does this happen? Even if you brush twice a day and floss correctly, this symptom can occur due to the effect that the affected teeth have on their alignment.
Often, when wisdom teeth are in the wrong position and partially erupt through the gums, a space is created where food can easily get stuck. Food trapped in this opening can be difficult to remove because the teeth are tightly attached to each other. The infection that this causes is known as perichoronitis and is one of the main symptoms that make extraction time sensitive. You may have perichoronitis if you experience severe pain near the molars, swelling of the gum tissues, pain when swallowing, or pus discharge from the gum tissues.
If your wisdom teeth are not causing any problems and appear to be growing in a straight line, keep an eye on them. You can contact the dental office to see if they recommend an appointment at this time. You should definitely consult with your dentist to determine if your wisdom teeth are causing pain, including jaw pain or headache. The pain probably means that your teeth are affected and need to be extracted as soon as possible.
Do not hesitate to extract wisdom teeth for fear of toothache or injections. Postponing wisdom tooth extraction can lead to serious dental complications that are likely to lead to even more dental treatments. If you need to extract wisdom teeth, but are hesitant for fear of needles, find a dentist who offers painless injections. Many dental offices use the DentalVibe Comfort Injection System, which eliminates the pain associated with dental injections by using vibration to block brain pain signals.