All about wisdom teeth
are the upper and lower third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. As
the name suggests they mostly come between age 17 and 21 or older-old enough to
have gained some "wisdom." Well grown wisdom tooth creates no problem
and it's not required to take them out however if your wisdom teeth has problem
it's better to take them off. Most problems with wisdom teeth develop in people
between the ages of 15 and 25.
Causes of wisdom tooth problem:
Wisdom teeth may break partway
through your gums as a result flap of gum tissue can grow over them and food
can stick which may give rise to gum infection.
Wisdom teeth can also come in
crooked or facing the wrong direction.
In case of small jaw, wisdom
teeth may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
Symptoms of wisdom tooth problems:
Pain near an impacted tooth
Tooth coming in at an awkward
angle rub against your cheek, tongue, or top or bottom of the mouth. This
causes pain and irritation.
Crowding of other teeth
An infected swelling in the
flap of gum tissue
As soon as
you feel any of the problems do contact your dentist, he will have X-rays to
find out whether your wisdom teeth are causing problems now or are likely to
cause problems in the future.
Treatment: The most common
and only treatment for wisdom tooth problems is removal (extraction) of the
tooth. Oral surgeons generally agree that removing a wisdom tooth is easier in
younger people (usually in their early 20s), when the tooth's roots and the
jawbone are not completely developed. In the late 20s and older, the jawbone
tends to get harder, and healing generally takes longer.
After effects of wisdom tooth removal:
Bleeding may occur for several hours after tooth
Facial swelling in the area where the tooth was
extracted typically occurs.
Pain in the area and around
Pain medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)
or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can be taken for minor pain. Your dentist will
prescribe the right one for you.
To control bleeding, position a
piece of clean moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and bite down firmly.
Antibiotics that may have been prescribed prior
to tooth extraction should continue to be taken until the full prescription is
Avoid rinsing or spitting for
24 hours after tooth extraction, avoid "sucking" actions.
You should strictly stick to
liquid diet. Eat soft foods for a few days.
Avoid alcohol if you're also
taking narcotic pain medication.
Continue to brush your teeth, but avoid the teeth
directly neighboring the extracted tooth during the first 24 hours.
Facial swelling in the area of the tooth
extraction should be treated with heat after the first 24 hours of ice. Apply a
moist warm towel to the area on a 20-minute on, 20-minute off schedule. Repeat
Complete healing doesn't occur for a few weeks to
a few months following the extraction. However, usually within the first week
or two, enough healing has taken place for use of your mouth to be reasonably
comfortable in the area of the extraction.
You can say
getting wisdom is sometime really painful. Jokes apart if you have problem with
your wisdom tooth there is no point keeping it, go to your dentist and remove