Some Common Wisdom Teeth Questions Answered

May 20, 2013

Are you or is someone you know experiencing pain in their back teeth? This is an early sign indicating it may be necessary to get your wisdom teeth removed.

 

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth usually grow in between the years of 16 to 25 and occur in roughly 65 percent of the human population. However, often times when these teeth grow in there isn’t sufficient room for them in the back of the jaw to grow in normally. This can lead to what dental professionals call “impacted wisdom teeth,” which grow in crooked and cause pain and other dental problems for patients. Impacted wisdom teeth should be extracted, or they will continue to cause pain.

 

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  • Tooth pain

  • Jaw stiffness

  • Irritation from a crooked tooth

  • Swelling or inflammation of gum tissue in the back of the mouth

  • Crowding of other teeth

  • Signs of tooth decay and gum disease (due to inability to brush in wisdom tooth area)

 

If you have any of the above symptoms, you should call your dentist and schedule an appointment for an official diagnosis.

 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Many people are scared at the thought of having their wisdom teeth removed. Admittedly, while wisdom teeth removal is oral surgery, it is also a very safe and common practice that many surgeons perform every day. Patients will receive either a local or general anesthetic eliminating any pain from the procedure. After the procedure, your gums may bleed for the next day. This is normal. You will be given gauze to bite on to absorb blood flow and will not be able to eat hard foods for a few days. In general, it is best to have the procedure when you are younger as the roots of the wisdom teeth and the jawbone will not yet have fully formed. Nevertheless, you can have the procedure at any time.

 

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth, or are experiencing symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, contact Noble Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry online.