Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars to appear on each side of the upper and lower jaws. These teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they are the final teeth to erupt and they come through at a more mature age between 17 and 21 although sometimes they appear many years later. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth start to erupt, however if you’re having pain, see your dentist instantly. When a healthy wisdom tooth come through properly it can help you chew your food. Nonetheless wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there are any signs of the following: There is no adequate space for wisdom teeth to surface or come through which could damage neighboring teeth. A wisdom teeth that is impacted, meaning they are trapped in your jaw or under your gums which can form a cyst on or nearby impacted tooth and could damage the roots of neighboring teeth or destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Wisdom teeth that are not in the right position can trap food that gives cavity causing bacteria. Wisdom teeth that have not come in properly which can make it hard to clean and floss between the wisdom teeth and adjacent tooth. And wisdom teeth that have partially come through can give bacteria a room to enter the gums and create a site for infection to occur and eventually may lead to pain, swelling and jaw stiffness. That is why monitoring your mouth by your dentist is very important as your wisdom teeth are making their way through your gums.
Each person is different and according to American Dental Association ADA in general, wisdom teeth may require to be removed when there is indication of changes in the mouth such as:
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)
- Dentist may recommend removal of wisdom teeth as part of treatment for braces or other dental care.
Your dentist will check your mouth and take an x-ray; to discuss the best course of treatment for your wisdom teeth before making any decisions. Continuous monitoring for wisdom teeth that are not removed is vital because of the possibility for developing problems later on. Make sure to brush properly and floss around your teeth. Visit your dentist regularly as it allows your dentist to evaluate your wisdom teeth and overall oral health.Leave a reply →