Wisdom teeth is a common phrase you probably have heard. You yourself may have even had them removed when you were a teen, but do you really know what they are? Why do they cause so many people such discomfort — to the point where extraction is the only way to maintain dental health?
Here we will answer these questions and maybe bring a little insight into these not-so-wise teeth.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The third set of molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, due to their development at a more mature age than other molars, sometime between the ages of 17 and 21. When these teeth grow correctly there is no need to remove and no discomfort experienced. However, for a vast amount of the population, there is simply not enough room in one’s mouth for more teeth.
Often patient’s wisdom teeth grow in the wrong position, or toward other teeth, which can lead to impacted teeth as a source of immense pain. Impacted teeth below the gums can start to become infected, hurt when eating, and come with severe discomfort. If experiencing any of these symptoms, you will need to schedule an appointment with your dentist and have x-rays completed to confirm how your wisdom teeth are growing and if they need to be removed.
According to the American Dental Association, as your wisdom teeth make their way through your gums it is normal to experience some discomfort. Although if you experience these symptoms you should notify your dentist:
- Severe pain
- Developing cysts
- Developing tumors
- Damage to neighboring teeth
Over 5 million Americans each year have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth extractions can be a procedure alone or your dentist may remove the teeth as part of a bugger dental plan for braces in the future.
Turn to Family Dentistry of Columbus
Often patients wait until they are in so much dental pain they can barely eat. Dental health is not only important to the health of your teeth, but also the overall health of your entire body. Hesitating to call your dentist because of fear of more pain can ultimately leave you at risk for other unhealthy side effects. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your teeth do not delay to call us! We also offer emergency dental services!
Contact us at Family Dentistry of Columbus today to schedule your next appointment or to have a consultation about your wisdom teeth options.