Question: I’ve been experiencing some slight pain in my wisdom teeth for the past 3-4 days. While doing my research on wisdom teeth growth and extraction, I came across an article entitled “Impacted Wisdom Teeth”. My question is, is the pain I’m experiencing a sign of impacted wisdom tooth and as such the need to extract it?
Answer: Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in your mouth. Wisdom teeth are usually the last set of teeth to erupt in your oral cavity. Ordinarily, wisdom teeth emerge between the ages of 16 and 20 years. However, there are people who do not get their wisdom teeth until the age of 25 years.
Is Removal of Wisdom Teeth a Must Requirement?
There have been a lot of controversies over the years about the need to remove wisdom teeth. Except if your wisdom teeth are causing you considerable pain then there is no need to extract them. Your dentist can also recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth in the event that they present a bad problem or trigger endless toothaches accompanied by irritation.
Given that the wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to emerge in your oral cavity, the odds of being impacted are high since your other teeth have already matured and as such there is little room for new growth. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist will have no other choice but to remove them. Depending on your comfort level, you can choose to have the wisdom teeth pulled out or surgically cut off by a certified and experienced cosmetic dentist.
What Do You Need to Know Before the Extraction of Your Wisdom Teeth?
When the time comes for your wisdom teeth to be removed, you will have to make an appointment with a qualified cosmetic dentist or oral surgeon. The appointment is to enable the dentist examine your wisdom teeth after which he or she will be able to recommend the best treatment. During the examination stage, the dentist will take a couple of x-rays so as to determine how badly the wisdom teeth have been impacted.
Your dentist will explain to you his or her findings in addition to further examining your oral cavity before presenting to you the alternatives that are accessible to you. In the event that the dentist needs to pull out the wisdom teeth or surgically cut them out, you will be placed under local anesthesia so that you do not feel any pain during the process. Once the extraction or surgical process is complete, your dentist will advise you on the healing process.