Did you know that each person has 32 teeth, but the jaw can only accommodate 28? When the remaining four – your wisdom teeth- appear, they tend to push the adjacent teeth out of the way. This is what causes so much irritation and discomfort and often leads to their removal.
So, if we don’t need our wisdom teeth, why do we have them? And why do they cause us so much pain.
Let’s take a look.
Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?
During the 17th century, these teeth were regarded as the “teeth of wisdom” because they appeared when a person was no longer a young child and was believed to be wiser.
The name then evolved into “wisdom teeth” in the 19th century.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are actually the “third molars” which are characteristically large and come out at the ages of 17-25. Some people have them much later and others, never at all. Some unlucky people experience having all four wisdom teeth erupt, one in every corner of the mouth.
Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Hurt?
Wisdom teeth come out late, so there is no sufficient space in the gum for them to grow properly. These teeth usually becomes impacted or wedged in, fighting for space in your mouth.
The upper wisdom tooth, in particular, tends to lean sideways which can cause pain and ulceration. Unless removed, impacted wisdom teeth bring jaw pain, bleeding gums and bad breath.
Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth removal is necessary if you are experiencing recurrent gum and jaw pain. The pain is an indication that your wisdom teeth are impacted or having trouble erupting (breaking through the gum) due to lack of space.
Other symptoms that are associated with wisdom teeth emergence are:
- Redness and tenderness of the jaw
- Gum swelling around the tooth
- Bad taste when eating foods
- Cysts or pockets of liquids around the tooth
- Bouts of bad breath
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
Tooth removal is always considered to be the last course in modern dentistry; often this is only administered if there is a chronic disease or clear and painful trauma. In the case of our wisdom teeth that usually erupt last into or mouth, pain is common and removal is often the best course of treatment to avoid damage to other teeth.
When it comes to the removal of the teeth, there are various options. Wisdom tooth removal can actually be done in the dental chair if the extraction will be straight forward.
For more complex procedures, such as teeth that haven’t yet broken through the gum, or are too close to the nerve, will be performed by a surgeon in hospital.
To avoid too much pain in wisdom teeth removal your dentist will need use anesthetics.
Your options are:
- “Happy gas” Penthrox;
- IV sedation;
- General anesthetic – local; or,
- Maxillofacial specialist – general anaesthetic.
The first three anesthetics are offered in our dental offices.
Maxillofacial anaesthetic is only offered by a surgeon and requires a referral.
Are There Any Risks with Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth removal can pose some minor risks after the surgical procedure. For instance, if the patient smokes during the recovery period, it can result in infection and delays the healing process.
In extremely rare cases, the surgery can cause some numbness which can reach to cheek and lips, and a loss of taste.
The Maven Dental Yokine Difference
Unlike other dental care clinics, Maven Dental Yokine offers various options for wisdom teeth removal to suit the preference of our clients. The first thing we offer is the use of a local anesthetic. To help you get through the surgery, our dental clinic has ”happy gas” Penthrox always available.
On the other hand, you may opt for a general anesthetic wherein the procedure will be referred out to a specialist.
We may refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon in cases wherein wisdom tooth is difficult to extract and cannot be done in a standard procedure. In this case, we will refer you to our maxillofacial surgeon who will do the work on Maven Dental Yokine’s behalf.
Next option could be the IV sedation at Maven Dental Yokine with a specialist anesthetic technician who administers your IV sedation.
Talk To The Team
To suffer or not? That is the question. Don’t let your wisdom teeth rule your mouth. Now that you understand all of the steps involved, it’s time to take action.