Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that appear, usually between the late teens and early twenties. Some of us will notice its occurrence and some won’t. For those that do notice them coming through, you may or may not need your wisdom teeth pulled.
1.) For those who notice the occurrence and the growth of wisdom teeth it can be a painful affair. Unlike the other teeth, often wisdom teeth need to be helped to evolve from the gums. Typically due to the paucity of growth space between the molars, there isn’t enough space to grow. They then get trapped between the gums or the jaw bones and constantly push at the surrounding teeth and gums. The pressure on the gums and the teeth cause trauma in the adjoining areas of the wisdom teeth. This causes immense pain and swelling. Dentists feel that it is a better idea to have them pulled if this occurs. However, you may have to wait for the pain and swelling to subside.
2.) In a situation as this, often there is the possibility of gum infection. Our dentists recommend wisdom teeth extraction to avoid bacteria build up that can cause periodontal infection.
3.) Typically this is done at the earlier stages as leaving them in an untreated condition enhances the chances of nerve and gum damage, cyst formation and bone damage becomes more than just a possibility.
Usually it is easier to have wisdom teeth pulled when one is relatively young and the gums are less dense. However, they can affect when one is older as well. But with the improvement and newer developments in the field of medical sciences, and evolving of sedation dentistry, often the wisdom teeth can be pulled painlessly.
So if you feel a funny sensation in your gums for a prolonged period, it may be that your wisdom teeth are pushing at the edges. Contact our local Hickory dentist immediately and take action before it becomes too painful.