How to Know When You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
I’m sure you’ve seen your friends and family go through it. The pain, the inevitable surgery, the countless hilarious antics of friends on the painkillers afterwards with the big white padding strapped around their jaw. Wisdom teeth removal can be a painful process, but if you catch it early you can prevent any unnecessary pain and discomfort. So how do you know if it’s time to call up your dentist for an appointment, or if you just have a toothache?
First off, we need to talk about what wisdom teeth are. Wisdom teeth are your third molars. They start to pop up in the back of your jaw somewhere around age 18, and it’s normal for complications to arise as they come out. Why do we grow new teeth after all of our baby teeth have already been replaced? Well they developed in our ancestors in response to their diet, which consisted of a lot of tough, coarse foods that required a lot of chewing and wore down our teeth. By the time they hit 18, their teeth were already wearing down from the constant grinding and ripping, not to mention the higher probability of losing a tooth from some kid of mishap. As a result, there was almost always plenty of room in their jaws for a few additional teeth, and they were a very important development to keep our ancestors chewing their way into old age.
However, nowadays we don’t do nearly as much chewing thanks to cooking, forks, knives, and other modern developments. Our jaws have evolved to be smaller over time, so when our wisdom teeth start coming in our jaws simply don’t have room. If you’re experiencing pain from impacted wisdom teeth, you’ll want to head to a good dentist in Singapore for wisdom tooth extraction.
When your wisdom teeth start coming in, it can cause a plethora of painful problems. If your wisdom teeth start coming in, they can push against the other teeth, displacing them and causing discomfort. If they manage to get through the gums, called Partially-Erupted Wisdom Teeth, they can leave an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. This causes pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and a fever. If they never exit your gums, they may continue growing without enough room, damaging the nearby teeth. This can also cause a cyst, or fluid-filled sac, to form around the wisdom tooth which can potentially destroy surrounding bones or tooth roots. Both of these are results of a Fully Impacted Wisdom Tooth.
So now you’re sufficiently worried and you’re asking, how do I know if I need to be anxiously emailing my dentist about this right now? Well, the first dead giveaway is if you’re experiencing pain around teeth, especially in the back of your jaw. You might also notice swelling in your gums, or notice a bad odor near your back teeth. Neither of these things are explicitly a sign of wisdom teeth problems, but they’re definitely a great reason to schedule a check-up. Other signs include red or inflamed gums, shifts in your teeth alignment, and wisdom teeth in your upper jaw can even cause sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
The only way to be sure that you don’t have any problems with your wisdom teeth is to schedule a check-up with your dentist. By examining the position of your teeth and x-rays, your dentist will be able to recommend either surgery or direct removal, or assuage your fears and hand you an aspirin for your toothache.
If you’re experiencing any mouth pain or discomfort, especially in the back of your jaw, consider giving your dentist’s office a call.