Your mouth can be a comfortable home for 28 teeth, but growth of wisdom teeth can lead to crowded and misaligned teeth.
Wisdom teeth are located in the rear end of your mouth, right behind your morals. They grow on the top and bottom of your jaw, pushing away other teeth as they make room.
WHEN DO WISDOM TEETH GROW?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that start to grow in the age of 17–21 years old. That’s not set in stone though.
They won’t require extraction, if they are not painful or misaligned, but that’s usually not the case.
Therefore, dentists recommend a wisdom tooth extraction in early years. As the roots are not as strong and can heal easily.
SIGNS YOU NEED A WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
REDNESS AND SWELLING
Wisdom teeth start to erupt in the back of your mouth; the growth is a slow process. This leaves a small opening in your gums, making it irritable and tender. The rupture in the gum tissue causes stress, which leads to redness and swelling.
Wisdom teeth erupt and move other teeth to make space, adding stress on your jawbone. Teeth start to push each other and change their original position, causing crowding and irritation in your mouth.
FEELING OF DISCOMFORT
Remember how uncomfortable and cranky a baby is when his first teeth erupt. You will experience a similar pain, as your wisdom teeth make their way through the gums. Your jaw will remain tender for a long time. You will also experience sever nerve pain and headaches.
Tissues around the jawbone can also experience swelling during the growth of wisdom teeth. Your cheeks and jaw line can experience swelling, quite similar to an allergic reaction.
The opening in the gums becomes prone to bacteria and food debris over time. This leads to gum infection along with bad breath.
WHAT HAPPENS IN WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION SURGERY?
A digital x-ray can determine the growth of wisdom teeth; this is why a regular dental checkup is important.
With timely discovery, you can get these teeth extracted in early stages, when the roots are not deep.
Your oral surgeon or dentist will determine the stage of growth and explain the type of surgery you will require. A fully-grown wisdom tooth extraction will be similar to a common tooth extraction. But a tooth that has grown underneath the gums will require surgical removal of the complete section of the jawbone.
In order to save the bone structure, surgeons will remove small pieces of the bone over time. The surrounding gums are numbed with anesthesia before the surgery is performed, reducing the discomfort involved in the process.
Bleeding from gums is common, use ice to limit blood loss
Pain in gums, head, and nerves. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication to eliminate discomfort and pain
Your mouth will become prone to bacterial infection. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics to reduce the chances
Resort to liquid diet right after the surgery. Limit intake of hard food and alcohol
Continue your teeth brushing regime, but in a gentle manner
Get your wisdom teeth removed by a skilled dentist in Crystal Lake, like Route 14 Dentistry. We work diligently to provide effective, lasting and affordable dental services to all our patients. Call 815-455-3368 to schedule an appointment.