Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed? How to relieve the pain of extraction? Wisdom teeth (or third molars) are a bit of a mystery.
Recently, I glad to communicate with my dentist friends and ask lots of questions to him, and I would like to share with all of you.
I think the answers down below can remove your confusion about wisdom teeth.
- What Is Wisdom Teeth?
- Why We Get Wisdom Teeth?
- How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?
- Do Wisdom Teeth Always Hurt? Why Do They Become a Problem?
- Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
- How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
- What Should Notice Before Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
- What Should You Do After You Get Wisdom Teeth Out?
- Can You Have The Face-lift Effect After The Extraction?
What is Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth have nothing to do with growing wiser. (Look up in Wikipedia)
Wisdom teeth are so called because they are the third and the last molars to come on each side of the upper and lower jaws usually between ages 17 and 21-presumably the age when a person gains maturity and thus wisdom. (According to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site)
It’s likely that the nickname has something to do with the adage or belief that “with age comes wisdom“.
Why We Get Wisdom Teeth？
Having all three molars was vital in order for our ancestors to be able to eat the foods necessary for survival. The larger jaw that was common in our ancestors easily accommodated the wisdom teeth.
As modern humans took shape, our overall structure changed. In fact, experts believe that our jawline has become less broad and smaller over the years due to all of that food preparation has made eating a pretty easy feat to accomplish.
We do not need the Wisdom Teeth anymore, and the arrival of these teeth is often far from trouble-free. That is the reason why our wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?
Regular dental checkups are essential not just for teeth cleaning but also to allow your dentist to track the progress and condition of your wisdom teeth.
After examining your mouth and taking X-rays, your dentist can evaluate your wisdom teeth and discuss whether or not they should be removed.
Do Wisdom Teeth Always Hurt? Why Do They Become a Problem?
As mention above, our jawbone became smaller and all 32 teeth could no longer fit properly. As wisdom teeth erupt, they can crowd the other teeth and cause problems.
Some even become “impacted” and do not fully erupt because they don’t have enough room to come and they are blocked by other teeth.Impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause symptoms. Some dentists and oral surgeons also recommend removing impacted wisdom teeth that don’t cause symptoms to prevent future problems.However, when an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, damages other teeth or causes other dental problems, you may experience some of these signs or symptoms:
- pain, swollen and bleeding gums
- Swelling around the jaw
- Bad breath
- Headache or jaw ache
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth
Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth that are healthy and properly positioned can be an asset. But these are all too rare.
In most cases, though, wisdom teeth remain impacted, trapped beneath the gum and bone and against the teeth in front of them.
Some dentists recommend taking them out as a precaution because they could cause problems in the future.
Any wisdom tooth with signs of disease or clear problems should come out. Reasons include:
- Infection or cavities (There is a natural gap between the wisdom teeth and the gingival valve, which contains food residue and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.)
- Not enough room to brush and floss around the tooth
- Damage to nearby teeth ( Partially erupted teeth may tilt sideways and cause damage to adjacent teeth.)
- Lesions (abnormal-looking tissue)(In rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can cause cysts and tumors.)
- Bone loss around roots
- Push out and undo some of the orthodontic work
Should you experience any of these impacted wisdom tooth symptoms, visit your dentist.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
What Should Notice Before Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
What Should You Do After You Get Wisdom Teeth Out?
To speed the healing and ease any pain, you might:
- You’ll probably have a little bleeding the first day. Don’t worry and just swallow it.
- You shouldn’t brush your teeth for 24 hours. After that, gently gargle with warm salt water every 2 hours for a week.
- Your face will look like Spongebob SquarePants. Take it easy and hold your ice-pack to help with soreness and swelling.
- Try not to spit too much so you won’t move the blood clot that’s keeping the area from bleeding.
- Drink lots of water, but stay away from alcohol, hot beverages, or sodas for 24 hours.
- You probably won’t be able to fully open your mouth for about a week. Stick to soft foods that won’t bother the area.
- You should have your stitches in your mouth removed after a week. (Go find your Dr.)
Any bruises could take a bit longer to go away. It’s a good idea to have a ride home because you may be groggy from the medicine.
You may be able to manage your pain with over-the-counter drugs, or your surgeon may recommend prescription painkillers, especially if they took out any bone.
Talk to your dentist or surgeon right away if:
- You have a hard time breathing or swallowing.
- Blood won’t stop oozing after a day or two, or pain lasts more than a week.
- Your face or jaw stays swollen for more than a few days.
- You have a fever.
- You feel numbness or notice pus or foul smells.
Be sure to follow the postoperative instructions you are given, as each situation is a little different; this will help you to be as comfortable as possible.
Can You Have The Face-lift Effect After The Extraction?
The shape of the face is determined by the bones of the face and has nothing to do with wisdom teeth.
Someone may say that after I pulled out the wisdom teeth, my face was much thinner. It is probably because the swelling caused by repeated episodes of inflammation has been eliminated.
If you don’t feel well, go ahead and pull it out. With so much tasty food to enjoy, take good care of your tooth.
These oral care products I use every day are listed down below. Seriously, take me almost one hour a day.
(This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.)