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Wisdom Teeth Problems

Wisdom Teeth Pain

by admin on September 16, 2008

Wisdom Teeth Pain

Eruption of Wisdom tooth is a painful ordeal many of us had to go through as we grew in to our adolescent years. Quite often, the eruption is painful and sometimes leads to complications like impaction and may require you to undergo wisdom tooth extraction.

What is a Wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the permanent set of teeth in the age group 15-25 years. They are four in number with each being the last tooth at the four ends of upper and lower jaw. Wisdom teeth do no erupt in all individuals remaining completely absent in some individuals.

Why Wisdom tooth eruptions causes problems?

Call it evolution but the need for larger and powerful jaws has decreased and the modern day human possesses a much smaller jaw resulting in congested space for the eruption of wisdom tooth which is responsible for most of the wisdom tooth related problems.

When do Wisdom teeth problems occur?

Wisdom tooth problems occur when:

  • Wisdom tooth erupts directed away or towards the second molars.
  • Wisdom tooth erupts angled towards the tongue or towards the cheek.
  • Wisdom tooth is stuck in the jawbone or gum and unable to erupt which is called as impacted teeth.

What Wisdom teeth problems occur?

  • The poor alignment of the wisdom tooth can cause adjacent tooth damage, nerve injury and even jaw bone damage.
  • Partially erupted/unerupted Wisdom teeth are called impacted and can lead to bacterial infection around the tooth causing pain, swelling and other issues.
  • Depending on its angle, it can damage the tongue or cheeks causing much pain and distress.

What to do about Wisdom Teeth Problems?

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Surgical extraction is preferred either when the Wisdom tooth has become impacted or indicates future problems. The exact details specific to you will be told by your dentist.

In some developed countries, preventive removal of the wisdom tooth is a common practice which is much debated on.

Post Extraction problems associated with Wisdom tooth?

There are some problems associated with extraction of the Wisdom tooth such as

  • Severe Bleeding
  • Dry Socket
  • Swelling
  • Nerve Injury

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