We’ve all heard of grumbling wisdom teeth, but if they’re a natural part of the human mouth, why do they cause us so many problems? This a question we commonly get asked and there are a few theories; one of which being that due to our diets evolving to be softer, we have less need of these large teeth at the back. This could have led to jawbones becoming smaller, not providing enough space for your wisdom teeth to come up. When this happens, we say your wisdom teeth are ‘impacted.’
According to Crest toothpaste, 85% of adults will have their wisdom teeth removed and presumably, if you’re reading this, you’re worried you could be next. If you’re going to develop wisdom teeth problems, between the ages of 17 and 25 is average. This is when wisdom teeth begin to erupt through the gum. Have you been experiencing jaw pain or swelling at the back of your mouth? Perhaps your gums here are red, swollen or bleeding. Bad breath, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, and of course, pain near your wisdom tooth site are all telltale signs it might be time to visit your dentist.
Why wisdom teeth removal could be the answer
Impacted wisdom teeth do not have to be removed in every case, which is why if you’re experiencing any of the problems outlined above, it’s important you visit your dentist for an examination. If the teeth are not properly aligned, they can rub against other teeth and even potentially damage bone and other teeth in the mouth.
Wisdom teeth are also very vulnerable to decay. Decay is caused when sugars and starches from the food you eat is not properly brushed away after your meal. Obviously, your wisdom teeth are the hardest teeth to reach with your toothbrush and if they’re causing you pain anyway, you’ll be less willing to brush them carefully and floss in this area. It’s the wisdom teeth in the lower jaw which are the most commonly removed, due to their relative lack of involvement in your bite.
Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common reasons for young people to request emergency dental care. If you’re in pain at the back of your mouth, your mouth aches generally, or you’ve noticed a change in your gums, it’s best to book a dental check up as soon as possible.
What happens during a wisdom tooth removal procedure?
Firstly, let us reassure you that it’s our priority to make you as comfortable as possible during a wisdom tooth extraction. You will have ample local anaesthetic to numb the area beforehand and we can also provide mild sedation on request. A small incision will be made in the gum and you’ll feel pressure, but not pain, as the tooth is removed. Once the tooth is out, your dentist will instruct you to rest, avoid hot drinks, alcohol, and smoking in the hours immediately afterwards. Your stitches are dissolvable, so a second visit to the dentist will not be necessary, apart from in the highly unlikely event that a complication arises.
Are you ready to get rid of that jaw pain you’ve been experiencing in a pain free and friendly atmosphere? Then please, get in touch with out dental studio to book your consultation with the dentist. We’ll be able to give you a better idea of the treatment details once we’ve examined your teeth. We look forward to helping you.