Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing problems.
We have two major sets of teeth, with all the inital baby teeth being replaced by the adult teeth by about the age of 12. But our wisdom teeth, the 3rd molars at the back of the mouth, do not emerge till we are in out late teens or early twenties.
Wisdom teeth probably do not emerge earlier (perhaps cannot) because their is insufficent room in the mouth. Our mouths and jaws increase in size as we age. But often when the wisdom teeth do emerge there is still insufficent room in the mouth. So the teeth cannot emerge correctly, or they push other teeth out of alignment. Sometimes they stay buried in the gum.
Many people need one of more wisdom teeth removed.
Dundas Dental – Signs of Wisdom tooth Issues.
-Swelling in the jaw and lower face
-Habitually biting the jaw
-Red inflamed gum near the partially / full covered molar
-Gum and jaw pain
-Tooth partly covered by gum, which is difficult to clean
-Infections and pus from the gum
-Sore lymph glands beneath the jaw
-Difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth
-A wisdom tooth pushes other teeth out of alignment
-A wisdom tooth causes the gum to be misshapen
-A wisdom tooth that emerges at an odd angle, no good for chewing
Unfortunately wisdom tooth problems rarely go away on their own. Often one of more teeth need to be extracted. Occasionally the issue can be rectified cutting the gum away from a partially covered tooth, but this is rare. Wisdom Tooth extractions are a fact of life for most people.
A Wisdom tooth extraction is performed under local anesthetic, or sometime complete sedation. Often two teeth are taken out at the same time. The jaw will be sore and swollen for several days afterward. But the situation is not permanent, and the patient is far better off once the wisdom teeth issues are rectified.