Wisdom teeth are the molars usually found in the back of the mouth.
They are known as third molars. Wisdom tooth extraction is a process used to remove the third set of molars and generally takes place from the age of 17 to the age of 25 years. Most people have at least one preserved wisdom tooth, which means they don’t have enough space to grow naturally.
By removing wisdom teeth, whether because a wedge has been detected or because they can cause problems, you can be sure they won’t damage neighbouring bones and teeth.
Symptoms Of Wisdom Teeth Pain
If you still have wisdom teeth, they can be very painful. How do you recognise this unique pain?
- You will feel pain in the wisdom tooth in the back of the mouth, behind the molars.
- You will notice that the wisdom teeth have started to come out of the gums.
- The area may also be red, inflamed, and tender to the touch.
- Some people, however, have no visible symptoms of wisdom tooth pain.
However, oral pain can also have several other causes. This can include tooth decay, fracture or abscess, broken or damaged fillings, nocturnal teeth grinding, and gingivitis. Regardless of the reason, you should see your dentist if you experience pain in your mouth.
Why Should We Remove Wisdom Teeth?
If wisdom teeth are causing problems or if x-rays show they may be aligned, they should be removed. Other reasons to fix them:
Cavities In Wisdom Teeth- Easy To Obtain Because They Are Difficult To Clean
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the jaw and are usually very close together. For this reason, flossing of these teeth often goes unnoticed or ignored, leading to increased tooth decay. As we know, cavities lead to tooth decay, which can cause more painful problems for you and your teeth.
2. Wisdom Tooth Pain – Inflamed and Painful Gums
Our gums generally despise wisdom teeth. Due to the partial space and the often strange ways, wisdom teeth growing in our mouths; makes it easier for bacteria to rest around the tooth and gums. The gums are easily inflamed, red and may also have pus or infections around them, which can be pretty painful. Even worse, this gum infection can spread quickly, causing inflammation over large parts of the mouth and becoming more difficult to treat.
3. Damage To Other Teeth
Not only are your gums tormented by those pesky wisdom teeth, but your other teeth as well! Wisdom teeth are quite rough, and they don’t understand personal space. Your remaining teeth usually have all the space they need until your wisdom teeth start to crowd behind them. This can damage the second molars and even the remaining teeth. Sometimes it damages an adjacent tooth, forcing it to be filled. In other cases, the damage leads to a root canal.
4. Cysts or Dental Tumour
Wisdom teeth don’t match from patient to patient, but we’ve seen that they tend to be reluctant to interact with the rest of the mouth. When wisdom teeth are not removed, a cyst or swelling usually forms around them. It can be painful and frustrating to deal with. In some cases, they don’t cause problems, but they can turn into something significant in other cases.
5. Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Problems Later
Wisdom teeth can grow in the mouth without being irritating at first, but they develop problems over time. Over time, wisdom teeth develop their roots more, and the bones in the mouth become harder. This makes the extraction more difficult and the recovery longer. It is easier to recover when you are young, and it may be easier to remove your wisdom teeth.
Remedies For Wisdom Teeth Pain
So, you had a consultation to have your sore wisdom teeth removed, but the oral surgeon couldn’t get you into the program until next month. Here are some home remedies for wisdom tooth pain until your appointment.
- Ice Cream Chips: Apply to sore wisdom teeth to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers: Can temporarily relieve discomfort from sore wisdom teeth.
- Saltwater: Rinse your mouth out with a mixture of about 250 ml of water and add two teaspoons of salt to clean your mouth and help remove any food particles and bacteria that could cause a painful infection.
Wisdom Tooth Pain Relief
While these tips can temporarily reduce wisdom tooth pain, the only permanent solution may be to have your wisdom tooth removed completely. This procedure has become relatively routine. Our dentist will be able to describe the possible risks and potential benefits fully. Wisdom toothache is not something to be taken lightly. While home remedies are suggested for some patients but the removal of wisdom teeth, in most cases, is the best way to relieve the pain associated with wisdom teeth and protect oral and general health. As always, our dentist can go through your specific oral health needs and help you choose the best option.
Are You Thinking About Removing Your Wisdom Teeth?
If you are considering a wisdom tooth extraction/removal visit us today! We are happy to look at your wisdom teeth and let you understand what is going on in your mouth. With our experienced team here at Armidale Dental Care, we make very informed decisions keeping your safety in mind.