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“Wisdom teeth: A-Z”
“Part 1: Clumsy wisdom teeth& their sins”

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Any problem in and around a wisdom tooth usually requires removal of that tooth. Most common problems which we come across requiring removal of the wisdom tooth are,,

  • Lower wisdom tooth growing horizontally and hurting the nearby tooth with or without pain.

  • Upper wisdom tooth growing sideways and hurting the cheek with or without pain.

The third molar tooth is also known as wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in our oral cavity. Provided they are in a favorable position and they have space to erupt outside, these teeth generally erupt from 18-25 years of age. If there is no space they ‘get stuck’ inside

Why has this become so common?

It has become common to see young adults with abnormally positioned or partially erupted wisdom teeth now a days. One of the reasons is a tooth size and jaw size mismatch. There is no space left for the last tooth to erupt in the jaw. The tooth still wriggles around and makes its way only partly into the mouth.

Why partly erupted teeth are more dangerous?

These partially erupted teeth are always troublesome. They can shelter an ideal slot for the food to stay between it and the previous tooth, leading to decay in both of the teeth. Theymay have a cuff of tissue above which gets hurt when the upper tooth comes in contact with it and this tissue cuff also gives space for food and saliva to get deep into your bone thereby leading to pain and infections.

How to know if you have got a problematic wisdom tooth?

It all begins with some discomfort, chewing difficulty and food getting stuck in that area. Problems of the wisdom tooth usually manifest as pain, redness & swelling around the wisdom tooth. Pain may be more when fully opening the mouth or when swallowing. The pain may radiate to the ear or to the side of the head. There may be a yellowish pus discharge from that region causing a salty taste and bad breadth. Mouth opening might become restricted and you will have a disturbed sleep.

When is it an emergency?

If there is a severe pain with a swelling on the sides of your lower jaw or in your throat side, it means that the infection has crossed the tooth and entered the bone and the tissue spaces. You won’t be able to open your mouth or chew or swallow. If this is the case, you should see an oral surgeon at the earliest. You will be prescribed oral or intravenous medications to control the infection and the tooth has to be removed. Follow this two-part blog series to learn more about the wisdom teeth.