Sometimes, wisdom teeth removal is the only real option.
If you’ve problems with wisdom teeth, things are unlikely to get better any time soon. Here’s why.
You’ll probably know by now if you’re a regular reader of this blog that we like to watch a bit of telly. Particularly educational material – the sort of stuff that you find on the Discovery Channel or similar channels.
One night last week, we watched a fascinating programme about the discovery of a mummy on an excavation site somewhere in Egypt. A whole range of scientists had been lined up to discover as much as possible about the figure who had died thousands of years earlier.
One of these was a forensic dentist, whose job it was to find our as much as possible – based simply on the mouth of the mummy. It was fascinating to see her go about her business, and the conclusions she was able to draw added hugely to the profile that was built up on this long-dead figure.
One of the first things that she spotted was the presence of wisdom teeth. Now if you’ve ever faced the prospect of wisdom teeth removal, we’re certain that you’ll have a twinge of sympathy for the mummy, who had been dealt the same bum hand as yourself.
You see, not everybody gets wisdom teeth, and even if you do, it may not be the end of the world. But for a number of people, the real problem occurs when the wisdom teeth become ‘impacted, which means that they’ve become trapped and have nowhere to go. The pressure they exert to escape is what causes so much of the pain you feel.
When this happens, wisdom tooth extraction will probably be advised by your dentist. And the quicker this is done, the better, as the roots of the wisdom teeth will continue to grow and the job will become more painful and more difficult further down the road.
What exactly are wisdom teeth?
Good question. They’re actually a third set of molars that some people get. These extra molars usually appear during the ages of 18 to 25 – the age when wisdom supposedly arrives – hence the term ‘wisdom teeth’.
Wisdom teeth symptoms are fairly easy to spot. You’ll usually experience a dull, throbbing pain, and it can be very persistent, as the pressure from the wisdom teeth is pretty much a constant.
They’re particularly painful when they’re coming in at the wrong angle, or are just too big for your mouth to accommodate.
The good news, however, is that you don’t actually need your wisdom teeth. Thousands of years ago, they were needed for dealing with the diet of ancient man, but these days, the food processor does much of the work for us in terms of softening our food.
We stress, once again, that not everybody will get wisdom teeth, but it’s something you might like to consider if you’re coming up towards your late teens, As a starting point, here’s a pretty helpful article on the topic on the website of MedicineNet.com - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm