Wisdom Teeth, also known as third molars, are the teeth that can grow in between your lower and upper front teeth. Third molars start to emerge when you turn age five and complete development. By the time you’re turning 16, your third molars start to grow and your wisdom tooth is not yet developed. Molars can be very painful during their growth, but they generally don’t cause any pain when removed.
When the teeth grow in between your front teeth, it can cause a series of gum swelling, teeth decay, and/or tooth decay, depending on the type of growth. Human jaws have shrunk significantly over time, which can cause blockage or compression of the wisdom teeth. As your jaw grows, the tongue naturally pushes back against the closed space, causing the tongue to push outward, further stretching the cheeks. If you have wisdom teeth, it’s important to keep the growth in mind and avoid biting down on soft foods, soft drinks, and anything else that might irritate them. You should use a soft-bristle brush for brushing your wisdom teeth, as well as a soft toothbrush for cleaning out your mouth.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth requires surgery. When your molars become damaged, the nerves have been damaged, so there’s not enough room to reattach them with ease. This is why wisdom teeth removal surgery is typically done when the patient is older (eighteen to twenty-four years old) and has already had three permanent teeth removed. Removing the remaining teeth and replacing them with dentures will allow room for the molars to grow again.
Wisdom tooth removal does not have to mean major surgery. If it’s not a matter of permanent damage, your dentist may recommend that a crown or bridge be placed on the extracted tooth. These can then be attached to a tooth that’s remaining on your head. A bridge is actually permanently placed in the space where the lost tooth used to be, while a crown allows your original tooth to be covered up. However, you may need to go in for a filling procedure at some point.
The most popular option for removal of wisdom teeth is to allow them to grow outward. By cutting out the upper portion of the jawbone and moving the remaining teeth forward, the jaw is left exposed. There are several options for this procedure, including: Implanting the crown into the jaw, which requires that the doctor perform surgery on your head; or, using metal crowns that resemble facial fillings. Your dentist can determine which option will give you the results you want.
During the wisdom teeth eruption process, your dentist may use a special drill called a wisdom tooth extractor. This device consists of a thin, curved steel rod that can be pushed into the jaw. It pushes outward the wisdom teeth that are not erupting. This causes the nearby teeth to push against the extracted teeth, causing them to collapse. The other benefit of this method is that it ensures that the molars are in an appropriate location to prevent overcrowding.
Another approach to wisdom teeth pain relief involves taking oral pain medication. These drugs work by reducing inflammation. Some of these meds include ibuprofen and naproxen. Be sure to discuss these methods with your dental care provider to see which one might be best for you.
Lastly, the third set of molars, called the third molar, are not erupting. They lie behind the first two sets of molars. In order to remove them, your dental hygienist will drill out the third molar, along with the other teeth. They will then fill it in, and you’ll have wisdom teeth again.