Everyone knows what wisdom teeth are. If someone you know says they have to have their wisdom teeth out you will probably feel extremely sorry for them. Wisdom teeth definitely have a bad stigma attached to them but are they to be feared as much as we are lead to believe?
At Painfree Dentistry we know that wisdom teeth are not to be feared. Our team have put our heads together and have come up with everything you need to know about wisdom teeth.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are found at the very back of your mouth and often referred to as the third molar. These teeth generally start coming through between the ages of 15 – 25 however they can come through much later in life, with many people in their 40’s and 50’s having trouble with their wisdom teeth.
Why are they called Wisdom Teeth?
Have you ever wondered how Wisdom Teeth got their name? Dating back to the 17th Century, Wisdom Teeth were called “teeth of wisdom”. Why? Wisdom teeth are always the last teeth to erupt, usually between a person’s late teens to early twenties. This was regarded as an age where the person was no longer a child and were regarded as wiser.
Why your wisdom teeth may hurt
It is quite common for people to have problems with their wisdom teeth. In many cases, because wisdom teeth come through so late in life, there is no room left to accommodate an extra four teeth. This then causes the teeth to emerge on an angle, pushing on other teeth and causing pain. In some cases the teeth may not even break through the gum however can still cause pain to surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth are also prone to infection as they can capture bacteria.
Can wisdom teeth be extracted?
Most people who experience problems with their wisdom teeth will need to have them removed. Surgery is required to remove the teeth however this can be done at either your dental clinic or in day surgery if your dental clinic is not equipped for these kind of extractions. Your dentist will be able to give you a proper diagnosis once they have thoroughly checked all of the teeth.
What to expect after surgery
For a few days after your extraction you may experience swelling and pain. As your mouth heals you need to be careful to not to touch or hurt the area from where your teeth have been pulled. For about a week after your extraction you will need to eat food that doesn’t require much chewing such as soup. This will ensure that nothing touches the healing area. Your dentist may also recommend general pain relief such as Panadol to help deal with any pain.
Wisdom teeth are nothing to be afraid of. If you are having any pain due to wisdom teeth make sure to get in contact with your dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated you may find yourself dealing with more than one problem.
Painfree Dentistry’s Parramatta dentists can help with any wisdom tooth issues you may be having. Give us a call on (02) 8999 5128 to arrange an appointment today!