Once you’ve moved into your late teen years, you may think the teeth you see are the only teeth you’ll ever get. But there’s a strong possibility that isn’t true.
Your wisdom teeth can still break through, or erupt, even in early adulthood.
Knowing more about your wisdom teeth and how they behave can make it easier to deal with problems that arise and the need for extraction. Here, we answer common questions that our patients ask about wisdom teeth:
A: No, not everyone is born with a full complement of teeth. In fact, the wisdom teeth are the most common congenitally missing teeth.
A: Pain in the upper or lower jaw can often be the first sign that your wisdom teeth are causing problems. You may feel a sensation of pressure in the back of your mouth. Also, the gum tissue around the erupting wisdom tooth often becomes sensitive, swollen and inflamed.
However, you may also feel no pain at all. But the absence of pain doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a problem. “A lot of folks don’t have any symptoms,”. “That’s why you should have your wisdom teeth examined by a dentist to determine if extraction is appropriate.”
A: If your wisdom teeth are impacted, thereby preventing adequate oral hygiene, it’s often best to have them removed.
Teeth that erupt in an upright and functional position often don’t need to be removed, as long as they cause no pain and aren’t associated with decay or gum disease.
However, even wisdom teeth that come incorrectly can develop problems over time because they are so far back in the mouth and difficult to clean. So if you keep your wisdom teeth, be sure to brush and floss them well, and see your dentist regularly.
A: It’s common for people to have impacted wisdom teeth. These teeth are buried, either partially or completely, in the soft tissue or jaw bone, and are more susceptible to disease and other problems.
The problem is you can’t clean impacted wisdom teeth properly, so they can start to decay, and you can develop gum disease. Although less common, cysts or tumors can also develop around impacted teeth.
Dentists generally evaluate impacted teeth on a case-by-case basis to determine whether to remove them, he adds. If a tooth is fully impacted in bone and X-rays show that eruption is unlikely, your dentist will often recommend removal to prevent future problems.
A: Mild to moderate pain is normal and expected after an extraction, but a few other complications are also possible. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect and how your doctor would likely treat each possibility:
A: Ultimately, you have little control over your wisdom teeth. “Other than keeping up with oral hygiene and going to the dentist on a regular basis, there are not much patients can or need to do,”
Why is wisdom tooth removal necessary?
1.Sinus Issues: Problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
2.Damage to other teeth: That extra set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing jaw pain,and crowding of teeth.
3.Jaw damage: Cysts can form around the new teeth. If they aren't treated, they can hollow out your jaw and cause nerve damage.
4.Inflamed Gums: Tissue around the area can swell and may be hard to clean.
5.Cavities: Swollen gums can create pockets between teeth that help bacteria grow and cavities form.
6.Alignment: Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems with crowding of other teeth and even make treatment to straighten other teeth necessary.
Evaluation of your wisdom teeth will be done upon your initial exam. Depending on the severity of impaction, your extraction is planned.
Nowadays, the food we eat are finer, so our jaw bone grow smaller, but the size of our teeth remain the same. Wisdom teeth are the ones which come out the last. There usually will be inadequate room for their eruption. As a result, they grow impacted, making your more susceptible to dental issues like caries and inflammation. You have to visit a dentist and get a thorough check-up to find out whether your wisdom teeth need extracting or not. If so, have them removed in a timely manner, in order to prevent bigger problems down the road.