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The first signs that your wisdom teeth are coming in tend to be pretty noticeable. For many people, the first sign that their wisdom tooth is coming in is a piercing pain. The pain can be different for everybody, and it can range from mild to very severe.
In some cases, it can almost be like a migraine. In most cases, the pain will be in the upper molars on either side of the mouth and it will be in the back of the jaw. The lower molars are typically not impacted. The pain is caused by the formation of the wisdom tooth.
The formation process creates a cyst in the jaw, which is why it causes so much pain. The cyst will usually burst, discharge some blood, and then the pain will go away. The pain may return several times, and in many cases will eventually go away.
Tooth decay, or “dental caries,” can form in the wisdom teeth and the adjacent second molars. Untreated tooth decay will eventually result in acute pain and sensitivity that is triggered by inflammation and an infection spreading throughout the tooth.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to emerge in the mouth of a person, usually around 21 years of age. They are the last teeth to develop within the jaw, and they usually appear in the back of the mouth.
These teeth are known as the third molars and the reason they’re often referred to as wisdom teeth is because they’re the last teeth to develop and are often the last teeth to erupt through the gums.
What Should You Do Next?
Getting wisdom teeth removed is not just a personal decision. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, this can negatively affect your gums and overall health.
The important thing to consider is this: if wisdom teeth become painful for you, go to see a dentist for a consultation.
If you are healthy and have no problems with your wisdom teeth, then there is no real reason for you to spend the money on their removal.
If you do decide that your wisdom teeth need to come out, you can do it in either of two ways.
You can have your dentist remove them or you can go to a specialist for the procedure.
At My Wisdom Tooth Dentist, we will be able to make an accurate assessment of whether or not your wisdom teeth need to come out.
If your dentist removes your wisdom teeth, you will be spending a bit more. If you decide to go to a specialist, you will spend more in the short term but should have a more accurate assessment of whether or not your wisdom teeth are in need of removal.
When should you go to a dentist for your wisdom teeth?
Often times you will experience mild swelling and soreness following the operation but we want to tell you that sometimes more serious symptoms may occur, including a bad taste in your mouth or respiratory issues has well.
We do encourage you to go see a dentist if you experience any pains or other non-mild symptoms after the procedure because these may be signs of complications that require a dental intervention!
Watch our for these wisdom teeth symptoms:
- loose or shifting teeth
- gum or cheek swelling
- receding gums
- sores inside your mouth
- persistent dry mouth
- toothache and tooth sensitivity
- cracked or broken tooth
- damage to a filling, crown, or bridge
Wisdom Tooth FAQs
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
It is believed that wisdom teeth were once used by early humans as tools to help chew and eat their food. In fact, humans are the only animals who have third molars.
This suggests that they are a useless and vestigial organ that humans have evolved out of.
Why do Wisdom Teeth Cause Pain and get infected?
Eventually, wisdom teeth may cause pain and need to be removed, but not everyone experiences problems with them. The main problem that arises is that wisdom teeth do not fit in the mouth correctly. From a young age our jaws are made to fit our teeth perfectly.
When wisdom teeth start to grow they are often hard to fit in and they push against our other teeth.
This can make them very irritated and painful. Sometimes wisdom teeth are impacted (they grow in sideways) and they may never erupt at all. If wisdom teeth are impacted, it is possible that they will cause problems in the future. They are more likely to be infected. It is worth visiting the dentist if you think your wisdom teeth are causing pain. You can also ask your dentist if they need to be removed.