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Some people have trouble with their wisdom teeth – but others don’t. Here’s why life can be so unfair.

Some ‘ailments’ are pretty much guaranteed as a part of your particular lifestyle. Take Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony, for example. Ireland is lamenting their absence from the remaining weeks of the Rugby World Cup, but even the players themselves would admit that, the more games you play, the more likely you are to suffer a serious injury.

And that’s particularly so when the game in question is played at such unbelievable intensity as the joust with France. Even just watching it, we winced at the intensity of the tackles and the bone-shuddering impacts that seemed to be happening all over the pitch. The wonder of it is that even more players weren’t seriously injured.

But what about the rest of us – the normal mortals of this world. Well, life can be a bit capricious for us when it comes to the ailments that we’ll suffer from. Sometimes it's simply a matter of genetics – you may suffer from arthritis, for example, because your parents suffered from it. The moral here, of course, is that you should always pick your parents very carefully!

But with other complaints – such as wisdom teeth symptoms – then it would seem that it's a bit of a lottery. Many of us, in fact, go through life without even knowing what they are – so let’s put that right straight away.

Your wisdom teeth are a third set of molars which tend to appear between the ages of around 18 and 25. And as this is an age when we supposedly become that much wiser, the name ‘wisdom teeth’ has stuck for generation.


So what’s the big problem with wisdom teeth?

The problem with wisdom teeth arises when they become ‘impacted’. This means that they’re trapped in your gums or jawbone – and simply have nowhere to go. Obviously, this leads to pain as they press against the surfaces that are struggling to contain them. In this case, your dentist will probably recommend wisdom teeth removal, which obviously involves extraction. The earlier you have this done, the easier it will be, as the roots will not have developed to their full length.

You may well be one of those lucky people who don't get wisdom teeth, but if you're in the unfortunate camp, you can typically expect anything from one to four – and even more in exceptional circumstances.

If you're facing into wisdom teeth extraction, here are a few tips to consider AFTER the procedure.

• Take any painkillers that your dentist recommends. And take them early – before pain has a chance to set in.


• An ice pack on the outside of your face can keep swelling to a minimum.


• Forget about exercise or any real movement for a few days – let things settle down first.


• If you have to rinse or spit, don't dislodge the clot that’s preventing further bleeding.


• Eat on the other side of your mouth when you eventually get back to eating solids.


• When you start eating solids, make sure to keep the food on the opposite side of your mouth.


If you'd like to know more about this topic, here's a good article from our friends at MedicineNet.com –http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm