Wisdom teeth are the molars growing at the very far end of the gums. Most of your other teeth will grow during your childhood years and some will appear in as early as your first year in life. However, these teeth will not show up until your adolescent or adult years (between 12 to 25 years old). This is why these molars are called ‘wisdom teeth’. The word ‘wisdom’ here refers to the fact that you are already old enough to be wise when these teeth show up.
For some reason though, a lot of people have come to fear the idea of wisdom teeth removal. There are old stories saying that this removal is a dreaded experience to go through. There are also old stories saying that your wisdom teeth will give you a lot of toothache troubles. Is there any truth to these stories?
Well, the answer is both a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’. Yes, because your wisdom teeth can really give you a lot of toothache troubles and the removal can really be quite painful. No, because you can avoid all of these things if you take correct measures. But what makes these teeth painful anyway?
The answer lies in the location of wisdom teeth. As mentioned earlier, they are located at the very far end of the gums. This means that they are often hard to reach with toothbrush. As result, they often do not get proper cleaning. This is why these teeth are prone to tooth decay. And when tooth decay is present, toothache will soon follow.
In some instances however, symptoms of wisdom teeth decay such as toothache do not manifest right away. This is why a lot of people discover late that their teeth are already damaged. So what do you do?
It is important that you schedule a regular checkup with your dentist. This way, your dentist can closely monitor the condition of your teeth using proper tools. Also, your dentist may perform cleaning procedures to keep your teeth intact and free of decay.
To save you from future troubles however, your dentist may suggest extracting a healthy wisdom tooth. This is an option you can take if you do not want to wait for your teeth to show signs of decay until having them removed. Besides, it is almost imminent that these type of teeth will suffer from decay at some time in the future.
If wisdom tooth decay is discovered late, the extraction procedure may become a little painful. This is because the gums beneath the tooth may already be inflamed. Also, pus may already be present. The presence of pus will make anesthesia ineffective.
To prevent pain however, your dentist may postpone the extraction of the affected wisdom tooth. Instead, he will give you antibiotics to treat the inflammation and pus. When the inflammation and pus are already gone, your dentist may proceed to the extraction procedure.