Wisdom teeth are growing as last of the bunch, commonly somewhere between 18 and 25 years of age, even though there were reports about these teeth growing further down the line. Some people on the other hand never get them. Even though they are called wisdom teeth, these actually cause most trouble and are a common reason for you to visit your dentist or even surgeon. In case when wisdom teeth maintain a regular position relative to other teeth and the surrounding gums are in good shape, no intervention is necessary. Unfortunately, it’s very common for these teeth not to grow in the appropriate direction, sometimes only a part of its crown grows over the surface of the gums and it might even grow vertically.
If the wisdom tooth is partially grown, inflammation of the surrounding gum can definitely occur, as cleaning of such a tooth is difficult and food can easily find its way under the created gum flap. This kind of inflammation is called pericoronitis. This inflammation is followed by pain and even the lymph nodes can become inflamed which might become a serious problem. Pain can be excruciating and it’s usually spread towards ear or the jaw joint. It can also be followed by difficulties with opening your jaw. Sometimes, this problem can be solved by a simple wash of the pocket. This makes oral hygiene a lot easier and it reduces the chance for you to experience a new case of inflammation.
In some cases, the wisdom tooth doesn’t even grow to show itself. This type of grow aren’t necessary a cause to any kind of problems and can be randomly detected if you take a roentgen test. Many scientists and dentists haven’t yet agreed on whether is it better to leave these teeth be or get them out. Still, this kind of teeth can cause problems like pain and swelling, depending on their specific position in your gums. By pressing on the roots of the surrounding teeth they can cause them to resort and can cause neuralgia if there is significant pressure being held onto the nerve endings. Impacted teeth are connected with the creation of follicular cysts that tend to destroy the surrounding bone tissue and in these cases, a surgical procedure of getting them out is necessary.
If you’re suffering from any of the wisdom teeth symptoms mentioned above, make sure to pay a visit to your dentist and get everything checked out. The sooner you remove your problematic wisdom tooth the better for you, trust me. Extraction of these can get a bit excruciating because you need to have your mouth wide open and it’s definitely not something to enjoy, especially if it is a fully grown tooth. Still, with modern dentistry and local anesthetics, this shouldn’t really be too much of a problem, but it’s best to remove it as soon as possible to avoid any inflammatory issues which can definitely make your life miserable for a short period of time. You can easily feel the wisdom tooth with your tongue so if it is positioned in an erratic manner, that’s the one and only reason you need to visit your dentist.