From babyhood to adulthood, teeth grow in different stages: first incisors, then canines, premolars, and molars. Just when you thought you were done growing, your wisdom teeth come in at the back of your mouth.
If your wisdom teeth recently came in, you may be panicking. Don’t worry; we’re here to help you with your wisdom teeth journey.
Understanding Wisdom Teeth
Most people develop four wisdom teeth, each emerging from both sides of the upper and lower jaw. They usually appear in people between the ages of 17-25, according to the American Dental Association. Many people are scared of wisdom teeth growth because they don’t want to experience pain; however, it varies from person-to-person. Some people don’t experience discomfort at all!
Discover the reasons why some individuals experience pain when their wisdom teeth grow.
Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Growth
If you discover new molars growing in the rear part of your mouth, this is an indication your wisdom teeth are coming in. Unfortunately, several common wisdom teeth eruption symptoms indicate a problem, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen jaw
- Bad breath
- Experiencing an unpleasant taste
- Difficulty opening your mouth (lockjaw)
These symptoms can arise from improperly cleaned wisdom teeth, and they may be the first signs of infection due to impaction.
What Is Wisdom Teeth Impaction?
Wisdom teeth can become impacted when they don’t have enough room to emerge naturally. This can lead to several problems, such as:
- Damage to neighboring teeth: If the wisdom tooth pushes against the second molar, it may damage it and result in infection. Additionally, this pressure can cause other problems such as overcrowding in the mouth, which may require orthodontic treatment.
- Cysts: Because wisdom teeth develop in a sac within the jawbone, it can fill with fluid, leading to cyst formation. Oral cysts can result in jawbone, teeth, and nerve damage. Worst of all, a benign tumor may develop, and an oral surgeon will have to extract tissues and bones from your mouth.
- Decay: Wisdom teeth are difficult to clean, so food and bacteria can get trapped between your gum and a partially erupted tooth. As a result, they’re at higher risk of tooth decay.
- Gum disease: Tooth decay can lead to a painful, inflammatory gum condition called pericoronitis. If left untreated, it can result in bleeding gums, painful chewing, and tooth loss.
What Can I Do to Treat Wisdom Teeth Pain?
The best cure for impacted molars is wisdom tooth extraction surgery. Before the procedure, your oral surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area, so you shouldn’t be afraid of experiencing discomfort. If you’re having all of your wisdom teeth taken out at once, your surgeon will opt for a general anesthetic, which will put you to sleep.
Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help
If your dentist has determined you must undergo wisdom teeth extraction, you won’t have to push your plans aside because recovery only takes a few days. Our board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can provide you with high-quality care so that you can get back to living your life. Schedule your free consultation today.