The thing about wisdom teeth is that they aren’t very wise – in fact, they can be pretty annoying. Many people don’t ever get their wisdom teeth, while others get a full set which grows once the person is a full-grown adult. Wisdom teeth are like extra molars, the blunt teeth which grow inside the back of your mouth. Most adults get four wisdom teeth, and by definition, they are not very useful at all. Our ancestors used their wisdom teeth to help break down plant tissue, but today, our regular teeth do just fine with our food! So what do wisdom teeth do, and why can they be so painful? Here at Boyle Family Dental, we take care of the residents of Idaho Falls, including answering questions on, and extracting, pesky wisdom teeth.
Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Hurt?
If you already have your wisdom teeth, you may have experienced some pain when they were growing, or even continue to feel pain when they have fully erupted. Some wisdom teeth don’t cause this pain at all, but others do – and there’s a reason why!
Wisdom teeth, if they do not have enough space in your gum to grow properly, can rub against the existing molars, causing the pain you feel. Other times, the pain when growing is akin to that of babies when they are teething – the gums become sore as the new tooth pushes up and out of them. In general, painful wisdom teeth cause a lot of disruption to your day to day life, and can even cause things like infections due to plaque buildup, and other health conditions like tooth decay and damage. That is why many people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed.
What Is The Process Of Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
If your wisdom teeth are sore or causing issues, your dentist here in Idaho Falls might tell you that they should be extracted. Just like any tooth extraction, you will be sedated, either locally (just your mouth) or generally (your entire body), for the procedure. This ensures that you don’t feel any pain while the tooth or teeth are extracted, and your dentist can get to work quickly. After the tooth is extracted, your dentist will stitch up your gums and apply a compress.
The healing process for wisdom tooth extraction depends on how many teeth were extracted, and the state of the surrounding teeth and gums when the procedure happened. You may be provided with pain relief, and any antibiotics if an infection is present in the gum. You will likely experience some soreness for a few weeks after the procedure.
Some helpful aftercare tips are: eating soft foods like soup and yoghurt; gargling salt water to keep the wound clean and taking pain medications!
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, speak to us here at Boyle Family Dental about having them extracted. Once the procedure is healed, you’ll never have to worry about those annoying wisdom teeth again!