Everyone knows that between the ages of 21 and 25, you’ll have your wisdom teeth push through. While they don’t give you more knowledge, they usually come with pain and annoyance. Most people’s mouths cannot fit one more tooth, which makes it very difficult to have these come forth and usually requires you to have them removed.
What They Are
Typically, you get all of your permanent teeth as older children or adolescents, but they are the final set of molars you get. They form in the very back of the mouth, and most people get them in their early twenties. However, some people see them start to push through the gum in their late teens.
They aren’t as useful now as they were in the past. Early ancestors had much more chewing to do in order to successfully break down the food enough to swallow. Now, we can cut, boil, steam and bake our food, so we don’t necessarily need the teeth.
Why Remove Them
Some people don’t need to remove them because their mouths are broad enough to accept the new molars and they are properly aligned. However, most people aren’t that lucky and realize that the molars are misaligned. Usually, they grow in horizontally or angled, causing pain to the inside of the cheek which eating. They can also push up against the other molars in the mouth, which can cause pain or swelling and can also damage the tooth, nerves, and jawbone.
In some cases, they can get impacted, meaning they don’t fully break through the gum because there isn’t room in the mouth. This can allow bacteria to enter the break in the gum and cause an infection.
When To Remove
Most people must have a wisdom tooth removed when they are still young, between the ages of 17 and 25 because it is easier to remove them when the roots aren’t fully developed. If they are causing you pain or discomfort, or you notice swelling in the mouth, visit your dentist immediately to get assessed.
Pain Reduction Help
While some people try to candy coat the situation, the truth is there will be pain. Most of the pain will occur after surgery, and you’ll likely be given painkillers to help. You can also place ice packs on the cheeks to reduce swelling, rest a lot and be given a special diet to help with clotting, such as a liquid diet (smoothies, pudding, etc.).
Dental Magic Dentistry
Wisdom teeth may not make you smarter, but they can cause you a lot of pain and discomfort. Dental Magic Dentistry provides extractions, so call or visit their website today to schedule an appointment.