Smart teeth grow in the back of the mouth behind the teeth. There is a set on the bottom and top. Wisdom teeth are usually bent and grow laterally or in other ways. When they grow up, they may push other teeth and cause them to be overcrowded and misplaced.
Function and Purpose of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are considered “evolutionary relics” and are helpful to our distant ancestors, whose eating habits include rough foods such as sticks and reed plants. As teeth wear or fall, wisdom teeth provide a replacement. Today, with the modernization of oral hygiene and diet, we do not need these replacement teeth, but they will still grow. In essence, our mouth can hold 28 teeth, but including wisdom teeth, we have approximately 32 teeth competing for space. It can cause symptoms of wisdom teeth, such as overcrowding, bone and nerve damage, infection, etc.
Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
Did your wisdom teeth come in? Symptoms of wisdom teeth may include:
- Pain at the back of the tooth, behind the molars. As wisdom teeth continue to grow in a misaligned or lateral manner, compressing nerves and bones and crowding surrounding teeth, this pain will gradually increase over time.
- Other wisdom tooth symptoms include pain, redness, tenderness, and/or swelling around the site. When wisdom teeth begin to erupt from the surface of the gums, this allows bacteria to enter through open tissues, which can lead to infection. Oral infections have also been shown to affect your overall health.
- Wisdom teeth may also be impacted. In this state, the jaw or adjacent teeth prevent the teeth from erupting.
- Wisdom teeth symptoms caused by impact include severe back pain, infection, and other complications. Bad breath, bad breath when chewing food, redness and swelling may all be signs of infection. If left untreated, the affected wisdom teeth can develop cysts and, in rare cases, tumors.
Infected wisdom teeth tend to form cysts (effusions) around them, which can damage the teeth and surrounding tissues (including bones). In rare cases, tumors may form around these cysts, complicating wisdom tooth extraction. The longer you delay seeking wisdom tooth pain relief, the more likely it is that a more invasive surgical extraction procedure will be required, or that the problematic tooth will permanently damage surrounding tissues.
Your wisdom teeth may also protrude from under the gums. In this position, bacteria are relatively easy to enter through the openings around the teeth. If you do not seek relief from wisdom tooth pain, you are likely to be infected. Infections can cause pain, redness, swelling of wisdom teeth, jaw pain, stiffness, and general illness. Oral infections can easily enter the bloodstream and affect the entire body.
Wisdom Teeth Treatment
The most common treatment for wisdom tooth symptoms is tooth extraction. Wisdom tooth extraction is usually performed in the office of a dentist or oral surgeon under local or general anesthesia. These options and any complications will be discussed before the extraction process. If your wisdom teeth have sprayed from the gum surface, they can be removed relatively easily as if they were any other teeth. However, the affected wisdom teeth may be more complicated. Make an incision through the gum surface above the tooth. After that, all bones covering the teeth need to be removed. Then extract the tooth itself. Sometimes your dentist or surgeon needs to cut the teeth into several pieces to rescue as much bone as possible and avoid cutting the bones unnecessarily or risking nerves and fragile tissues. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure and may be the best solution to alleviate the symptoms of wisdom teeth.
In recent years, more and more symptoms of wisdom teeth have been removed before it. Dentists and oral surgeons are more likely to recommend that wisdom teeth be removed before they become an oral health problem. Even so, there may be symptoms of wisdom teeth. In this case, you should tell your dentist immediately.