Wisdom Teeth Pain
While some people do not have problems with their wisdom teeth, most people will experience wisdom teeth pain or an impacted wisdom
tooth during their teenage years, as the wisdom teeth attempt to emerge from the gums among the other teeth. Often, the wisdom teeth have grown at an angle, or simply do not have room to come in among the other teeth. The wisdom tooth’s attempt to force in among the other teeth can cause pressure, pain, swelling, and – if left untreated – infection, jaw misalignment, and other serious problems.
Causes of Wisdom Teeth Pain
Wisdom teeth are the teeth furthest back in the mouth, and there are generally four of them – one in each corner of the mouth, both top and bottom. While some people lack some or even all of these wisdom teeth, most people will experience difficulties as the wisdom teeth attempt to emerge when they are anywhere from 15 to 25 years old. Unfortunately, many people simply do not have room for the teeth to come in, whether due to a genetically small jaw size, or due to the angle at which the teeth grow. Because of this, as the wisdom teeth begin to emerge from the gums, they will crowd the other teeth, causing pressure and potentially serious problems. Depending on how the tooth grows in, it can push against the adjacent teeth, emerge outward toward the tongue, or become stuck – impacted – beneath the gums. None of these situations are ideal, as all can cause pain, pressure, and future problems including swelling, bleeding, infection, tooth damage, nerve damage, and jaw misalignment or damage.
Treatment of Wisdom T00th Pain
Fortunately, wisdom teeth problems are easily treated, especially when treated early on. Many dentists will recommend wisdom tooth extraction prior to the appearance of problems, as a preventative measure for potential impaction and infection. Even if the wisdom teeth have already become impacted and painful, the treatment is generally the same: the problematic tooth (or teeth) will be extracted. This process takes only a couple of hours with an oral surgeon, and recovery usually takes only a few days. However, as with any surgery, wisdom teeth extraction does pose certain risks, including bleeding, dry sockets, swelling, and in some cases, nerve injury.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful, but fortunately the treatment is relatively simple. However, if an impacted tooth is left untreated, it can develop into a serious problem. If you experience wisdom teeth pain or any other symptoms of impaction, you should contact your dentist immediately.