Wisdom Teeth Issues and Treatment Options

People usually get their wisdom teeth at the young adult stage in life. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars on the upper and lower jaws. In cases where the teeth grow in a proper position, the person does not suffer from any wisdom tooth problems.

Wisdom teeth do not always come in, and/or you may just get the top or bottom set. It is not normally until you see a doctor for x-rays, usually, that you know how many wisdom teeth you have.

The main reason behind wisdom tooth problems is that irregular growth of the teeth. When they are growing, wisdom teeth may not grow straight, but rather grow in an odd angle. This crooked growth is one of the wisdom tooth problems that cause the wisdom tooth to press against the second molar or the gums causing the person great discomfort.

Another cause behind wisdom teeth problems is when a person’s jaw is too small to have them grow in. In these cases, the teeth are usually crowded and there is not enough space for the wisdom tooth to grow. The wisdom tooth then gets trapped in the gums and is not able to split through the gums. A tooth that is unable to break through the gums is called an impacted tooth. Sometimes, the wisdom teeth may break through the gum, but only partially. Here, a small piece of the gum forms a soft flap at the back of the wisdom tooth/teeth, called an operculum. Food getting trapped in the operculum is inevitable and cleaning the operculum cannot be done using an ordinary toothbrush.

Many times, the patient may not realize they need their teeth extracted, because they do not experience any symptoms.  However, when they do, the symptoms are usually pain; mostly severe, infection of the gums and swelling of the gums and cheeks in the region.

In almost all types of wisdom teeth problems, the treatment is to extract the tooth or teeth. This can be very painful and therefore patients are given local anesthetics before undergoing the surgery. Wisdom teeth problems are not something that can be avoided, but frequent visits to the dentist can result in a sooner diagnosis of a possible issues.

Toothaches and Tooth Extractions

The most common cause of a toothache is a dental cavity resulting from tooth decay, but there are many dental issues that can cause a toothache. Some of the main causes of a toothache range anywhere from fractures in the teeth to cavities. Also, a toothache can occur at any time even though you may not expect it. Oftentimes the pain of a toothache can be so unbearable that it will make you want to do anything you can to make it stop. Especially, when there are instances of nerve pain stemming from a toothache.

When the nerve in your tooth is exposed to air this can lead to a toothache. One example of this is when a crack in the tooth occurs. During this painful process the dentin and the nerves of the tooth are both exposed to air, placing an immense amount of pressure on your tooth. Another instance of a toothache resulting from a nerve being exposed to air stems from the practice of rough brushing. This is because rough brushing causes the gums to recede which exposes the nerve to air. To prevent this from happening use care when you brush and visit your dentist regularly. Also, it’s important to note another practice that can play a role in increasing the chance of getting a toothache.

Consuming tobacco products whether it be smoking or chewing it are both practices that more than likely will lead to frequent toothaches. Smoking is generally bad for the health of your teeth, and it can lead to teeth decay which is a leading cause of toothaches. Also, chewing tobacco will ultimately rot your teeth, and lead to excruciatingly painful toothaches. The common factor as it relates to smoking or chewing tobacco is that both will eat away at your teeth’s enamel, and if left untreated can result in progressive tooth decay.

After a dental visit and dental treatment such as a tooth extraction, it is not uncommon for pulp irritation to occur because it is related to an inflammation of the dental pulp tissue. Therefore, it’s good to be aware that it’s a common occurrence, but it should not deter you from regularly visiting your dentist. Also, no matter how well your filling or crown was done, any of the materials used to fix the tooth can cause you some discomfort or pain in the future. If this does occur it’s best to visit your dentist to correct the issue that is causing the discomfort and the toothache.

To help prevent toothaches you should visit your dentist as often as possible, and always follow their oral hygiene instructions.  In addition, if you get a toothache you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Doing so will allow them to determine the cause of the toothache early enough so that preventative measures can be taken to relieve your pain, save the tooth, and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.