What is wisdom tooth pain?

For many, their wisdom teeth don’t cause a problem, but unfortunately that’s not always the case as because wisdom teeth are the last to ‘grow in’ there can be a whole range of problem associated. This is because often, they don’t fully develop, or they grow in sideways.

Pain related to one’s wisdom teeth is not normal but it does happen. Ultimately as with any form of tooth related pain, wisdom tooth pain is something that should be investigated by a dentist to assess whether or not the removal of the wisdom teeth will be necessary. When this is the case, he will normally either arrange for the removal at the clinic, or refer you to the nearest hospital where the removal will be performed as an outpatient procedure.

The removal itself is actually pretty painless, but after the surgery there may be some localized wisdom tooth pain where the tooth or teeth once were. Normally, this should ease after a few days, but it’s nothing severe and all symptoms will cease within about a week. Getting them out is not an issue, because wisdom teeth don’t actually serve a purpose at all.

Wisdom teeth can grow in with all sorts of problems, such as not growing to full size, or growing, but remaining underneath the gum leaving space for food to get trapped. When this happens, while it might not be painful, it is a recipe for decayed wisdom teeth and infections that can lead to abscesses due to the fact that the tooth itself can’t be cleaned.

Normally, when diagnosing wisdom tooth pain, a dentist will both inspect your teeth visually and with an X-ray to see exactly what the problem is. Removal is only performed when absolutely necessary. While in the past, many dentists would remove all wisdom teeth when there were problems with one, today, dentists will only extract teeth that really need to be extracted.

Did you know that one in three people’s wisdom teeth don’t even grow?  That just goes to show how useless they are, and prove that their removal is no big deal.  When wisdom teeth grow in, usually in one’s twenties, they should be checked by a dentist for signs of impaction or problems. The main reason for this is that it’s much easier to remove a wisdom tooth when it’s young and your jawbone is more flexible.

Fortunately, the procedure doesn’t have any major risks that would prevent you from wanting the procedure. In very rare cases there can be some bruised nerves and maybe a bit of discomfort due to what’s known as a dry socket, but over time everything will heal and return back to normal. The good news is, the wisdom tooth pain will be gone, and you probably won’t even notice the difference in not having that wisdom tooth.

If you are currently suffering from wisdom teeth pain then you are definitely not alone. There are thousands of people every year that experience the same thing. Unfortunately the only way to fix wisdom teeth pain is to remove them as soon as possible. Usually wisdom teeth appear in the mid-teens to the early twenties but can show up earlier or later than that. Most dentists recommend that you have them removed as early as possible to prevent future wisdom teeth pain.

The biggest reason behind wisdom teeth pain is that with them wisdom teeth being the third molar they often grow in sideways or crowd the mouth. This can cause the teeth to become impacted causing severe wisdom teeth pain and will need to be removed as soon as possible. This is usually done by surgical procedure under anesthesia which will help to keep you numb and prevent wisdom teeth pain.

If you are experiencing wisdom teeth pain and have yet to have them removed you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. It usually requires a longer visit than normal extractions so you should clear your schedule for the day and have someone bring you to the dentist. It’s not really safe to be driving yourself to and from the dentist especially if you are going to be on strong pain medication. The wisdom teeth pain will only get worse until you have something done about it.

Once you have arrived to your appointment your dentist will discuss the entire procedure with you before starting. They will decide what type of anesthesia to use and once it has been administrated they may choose to take additional x-rays just to make sure that they haven’t gotten any worse since the last visit. However, once the procedure is over with and the anesthesia wears off there will be some pain. Fortunately most dentists will give you some type of pain medication to take home with you to get you through the next few days to treat your wisdom teeth pain.

The dentist will also give you a list of things to watch for regarding your wisdom teeth pain. You will have some mild to moderate pain after the extractions but you should not have much bleeding or any type of major drainage that appears to be infection. After a couple of hours if the bleeding from your wisdom teeth pain is still major or you are hurting worse that what the pain medicine can control you may need to contact your dentist right away. Also if you notice severe swelling even two days after the procedure it may be another sign that you need to contact your doctor. He will give you a complete list of things that you should watch for to ensure you are not getting dry socket or some type of infection which can be side effects of the procedure.

Wisdom teeth pain is never fun and should be dealt with immediately. By prolonging your visit to the dentist you are only giving your wisdom teeth more time to cause you even more dental problems. If you are unsure about what to have done about your wisdom teeth pain then speak to the dentist about it at your next appointment.

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