There are a lot of misconceptions about wisdom teeth that can make it a dangerous and insidious issue. This set of molars that grows long after the rest come into their own is a byproduct of obsolete biology, which is now causing dental and medical issues.
While it is not always necessary to have them removed, it is almost always a good idea to have wisdom teeth extracted. Doing so will come with its own problems, however, which our Kitchener Dentist office can help patients address quite easily.
All About Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are so named because they typically appear much later than the others. This set of molars would usually sprout for late teens or early adults. Though, there have been some unique cases where the wisdom teeth came earlier or much, much later. Whatever the case may be, the issues are almost always the same.
There have been a lot of misunderstandings about wisdom teeth, but one thing is for sure. It is a natural part of human development. It just happens to come with several complications, which makes removal necessary.
For the most part, however, patients can think of wisdom teeth as a situational problem. There are many times where patients can just weather the discomforts that come with it and come out the other side, not the worse for wear. However, for those who are unable to withstand the pain and ache that comes with wisdom teeth, a trip to our Kitchener Dental office can undoubtedly help.
As to when would be the optimal time actually to go to the dentist, it would be when the following symptoms come up.
Aches and Pains – When the wisdom teeth begin to come out, it will typically come with some aches and pains from the area where it will be pushing through the gum tissue. Since the amount of space is restricted, at that point, because of how the patient has already grown, the wisdom teeth will be squeezing themselves into occupied space.
On top of that, the wisdom teeth will be breaking through gum tissue that has never been gashed before. When babies begin teething, the process is mostly the same. However, this time, the tissue is already quite a bit thicker and less pliant. As such, the pain that comes with the sprouting is more significant.
Swelling and Tenderness – Patients can typically feel the presence of their wisdom teeth coming up when the back end of their jawbones start to swell and become tender. This is the inflammation that is caused by the teeth forcing their way through the gum tissue, which is effectively tearing through the layer slowly.
The more the wisdom teeth become prominent, the worse the swelling is going to be. It should be noted that there could be other reasons for the swelling or tenderness. There may be a form of periodontal disease that can be mistaken as a symptom of wisdom teeth.
Headache and Fever – Finally, there are the headaches and fever that patients will have to contend with when their wisdom teeth are in full sprout mode. This is when there is no longer any doubt that the last set of molars is actually coming out and is right about the time to visit a dentist in Kitchener.
Doing so will provide patients with a better idea of what they are dealing with, and the dentist will then be able to give recommendations as to what can be done. From there, the teeth can then be extracted.
Why Wisdom Teeth are Dangerous?
There are many problems that come with the sprouting of wisdom teeth, and these are the reasons why they are often extracted. For just some examples of the dangers of wisdom teeth, please refer to the following:
- Inability to concentrate – There is no doubt that being constantly subjected to pain is quite a distracting situation. This means that the patient is unable to fully use their mental capabilities, which could then affect their productivity at work, while studying, or other activities that require a bit of brainpower.
- Daily impairments – Likewise, the inability to concentrate can actually impair people, which would then affect their driving. More dangerously, it could affect their ability to perform in high-risk environments. Even simple tasks like cooking or cleaning can be affected by the dull pain and aching that wisdom teeth bring.
- Periodontal disease – If the growth of the wisdom teeth results in infections, this could then result in periodontal diseases like gingivitis.
- Tooth decay – Along with the bacterial infection that is caused by the festering of the wisdom teeth is the eventual tooth decay that this would cause. It doesn’t matter that the patient takes very good care of their teeth while brushing. If there is an endless supply of microbes to keep destroying enamel, it is all for nothing.
- Cyst formation – Finally, there is the issue of wisdom teeth, potentially resulting in the formation of cysts. This is mostly related to impacted sets of the molars where the cusps have not fully penetrated the gums. This is one of the worst things that could happen with wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The process of removing wisdom teeth can either be straightforward, or it can be complicated. For cases where the wisdom teeth are already exposed and have finished growing out of the gums, they can be treated as subjects to routine dental extractions.
The procedure usually follows the steps below:
- The teeth and gums are evaluated.
- A local anesthetic is applied.
- The teeth are extracted, root and all.
- The bleeding is staunched.
- The patient is given the right medication.
However, if the wisdom teeth are impacted, this will make the procedure more complicated doubly so if the teeth are growing sideways. In both cases, there will be a need for an incision into the gums so that the hidden molars are pulled out.
A result of this is added medication and an extended period of recovery. Fortunately, the added time is not anything unreasonable.
Contact us today if you have any questions or if you think you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed!