Wisdom teeth are the third and last group, most people grind their teeth in their teens or twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset in the mouth when they are healthy and properly aligned, but more often they are misaligned and need to be removed.
When wisdom teeth are not aligned, they may lie horizontally, tilt toward or away from the second molar or tilt inward or outward. Improper arrangement of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, jawbones, or nerves.
Wisdom teeth may also be affected as they are wrapped in soft tissue and/or jawbone, or only partially penetrate the gums or eject through the gums. Partial germination of wisdom teeth allows bacteria to enter around the teeth and cause infection, which can lead to pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general disease. Partially erupted teeth are also more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease because their hard to reach positions and awkward positioning make it difficult to brush and floss teeth.
Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are located at the back of the teeth and are the last in line, usually the last teeth to develop. But for various reasons, not everyone has intelligent teeth. Nowadays, some people have smaller jaws, and many of us cannot adapt to these new teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Pain
Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one at the back of each part of the mouth. For many people, wisdom teeth will emerge from their jaws between the ages of 17 and 25 and will not cause any problems. In others, wisdom teeth may be stuck in the jawbone or hit by it, or they may not erupt at all. This can cause crowding or displacement of other teeth, or the development of local tooth decay, infection, or gum disease.
Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
In some cases, the affected wisdom teeth can indeed cause problems. When you bite near the affected tooth area, you may feel redness and swell around the affected area of the tooth, as well as jaw pain, headache, and strange smells.
When we eat a more primitive diet and need more teeth, wisdom teeth are a legacy of early humans. With the appearance of wisdom teeth, they may push other teeth away and interfere with orthodontic work. Similarly, partially exposed wisdom teeth can provide a place for bacteria to multiply, and the accumulation of bacteria can lead to serious gum disease.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction surgery usually lasts for not more than 45 minutes
- Locality: Your doctor may numb the mouth due to local anesthetics such as Novocaine, Lidocaine, or Mepivacaine. You can also breathe in nitrous oxide or laughing gas to relax and even sleep during the operation. Soon afterward, you should feel alert again.
- Intravenous sedation: The surgeon will numb your mouth and give you medicine through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy. You may fall asleep throughout the process.
- Routine: You will take drugs through a vein or breathe through a mask. You will always be asleep and you may not wake up about an hour after the operation.
Your doctor may have to cut off the gums or bones to make the teeth fall out. If so, they will stitch up the wound to heal quickly. These stitches usually dissolve after a few days. They may also fill your mouth with gauze pads to absorb some blood.