They can cause a multitude of problems from the moment they appear, until they are removed.
Wisdom teeth can cause discomfort and pain for a number of different reasons whether they are fully erupted, partially, or impacted. Although not all people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, it is important to have your wisdom teeth assessed by a dentist to determine whether or not they are in a position that can damage neighbouring teeth, cause infection within the surrounding bone and soft tissues. Wisdom teeth may also need to be removed prior to orthodontic treatment.
Essentially, the main problem with wisdom teeth comes from the lack of available space to accommodate. Subsequently this can lead to overcrowding and cramped condition causing pain and infection within the surrounding bone and soft tissues which can cause swelling to the surrounding soft tissue and facial area.
The causes for the associated problems with wisdom teeth arise from the build-up of plaque and subsequently bacterial breeding. Fluid filled cysts can develop in the affected area and jaw and gum disease may ultimately develop if left untreated. It is important to seek medical attention for an assessment if you are noticing any of the following symptoms.
Through the treatment available at Kitchener Street Dental, our team of dental professionals can help to effectively eliminate your associated wisdom teeth problems, with the extraction of the teeth themselves, leaving you free from pain and infection for the long term.
If you are finding that the pain you are experiencing from your wisdom teeth is difficult to bear, you may benefit from the following tips to soothing your wisdom tooth pain:
A simple resolution would be to take an over-the-counter pain relief medication. Ask the pharmacists advice regarding the most appropriate pain relief and recommended dose. DO NOT place any pain relief medications against the tooth itself. This can damage the hard and soft tissue in the mouth.
We recommend that you keep the area as clean as possible to avoid further infection or irritation.
Rinse your mouth with warm salty water. Warm salty mouth rinses can also help to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Are you in a lot of pain? At Kitchener Street Dental, we cater for emergency dental appointments on a daily basis. All you need to do is to contact us and our friendly and highly trained reception staff can assist you with your inquiry and concerns.
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Not necessarily. If your wisdom teeth have grown in a normal position and is not giving you any dental problems or pain, then you won’t have to remove it. Only wisdom teeth that are problematic are extracted as this is usually the only way to alleviate the pain and problems.
Most wisdom tooth extractions are straightforward and won’t necessarily cause harm to the patient. In some very rare cases, the extraction process can take its toll (even on adult patients) and some complications (with anaesthesia, etc.) can arise but overall the risks are at a minimum.
If the tooth is healthy, is in its correct position, and isn’t causing harm to the surrounding teeth, your general dentist can simply loosen it and then pull it out. If the tooth is impacted, you will need to undergo a surgery in which the gums are slit open so that the surgeon has access to the jaw and the tooth can be carefully and effectively pulled out. The tooth can also be removed in sections to avoid affecting the surrounding areas and teeth.
Wisdom teeth do not often grow in like your other teeth. If they are impacted, they have a more angled position and will need to be sectioned into pieces when extracted. If the tooth as not yet erupted, your dentist will need to make an incision in the tissue before accessing the tooth.
Similarly, the wisdom teeth’s root anatomy contributes to the process of extracting it. Wisdom teeth typically have multiple roots and they can be shaped in a variety of ways, as well as grow separately or fused together. Teeth with irregularly shaped roots or curvature are a little more complicated to extract, particularly on the lower jaw. This is because of the close proximity to the nerve.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of dental problems and often requires prompt removal, however there are some patients who go their entire lives without ever experiencing any issues with their impacted teeth. If your impacted wisdom teeth are not causing pain or affecting the growth and stability of the other teeth, then chances are you won’t need to have it extracted.
Actually, no. It is not unheard of for people to have only two or three wisdom teeth developed, sometimes none at all! In fact, 35% of people do not develop wisdom teeth. People who do get their wisdom teeth may need to have them removed to avoid certain dental problems, such as swelling and overcrowding.