Are Your Wisdom Teeth Causing You Pain?
Have your wisdom teeth been hurting you? This is very common, particularly among adults aged 18-30. Wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars, form in your jaw bone during early adolescence and generally start to erupt around the late teen years into adulthood. Most adults develop four wisdom teeth, although many times one or more might be congenitally missing. In special circumstances, patients may actually have more than four 3rd molars. In any event, when these teeth start to cause pain, it can be very uncomfortable for patients.
In a perfect world, your wisdom teeth will erupt into the mouth with plenty of space. However, this is not generally the case for most of us. Over tens of thousands of years, humans have evolved and the modern day man’s jaws are much smaller than they used to be. Tooth crowding has become a problem as a result. It is rare to find an adult that has enough room in their mouth to accommodate all of their adult teeth as well as their wisdom teeth. With the eruption of 3rd molars, many adults begin to experience swelling, tenderness, aching, jaw pain, and headaches.
If you have never had your wisdom teeth removed and are starting to notice pain in the back of your mouth and jaw, it is time to see your dentist for sure! Your dentist or hygienist may take a panoramic digital x-ray to show the position of your 3rd molars and if there is evidence of infection or an abscess. This diagnostic image will help determine if you should have your teeth removed. At Grand Dental, we have general dentists who are experienced in more advanced oral surgery techniques and can easily remove wisdom teeth and molars. In some circumstances, patients may be referred to an oral surgeon for the treatment. If we recommend removing your wisdom teeth both localized and general anesthetic are options for patients and provide maximum comfort during the procedure.
After Your Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
After your wisdom teeth are removed, the best way to ensure excellent healing and few complications is to closely follow the directions of your dentist or oral surgeon. Take any antibiotics you may have been prescribed to completion. Take pain medication as tolerated. Patients should not smoke or drink through a straw after their 3rd molars are removed. Your dentist will advise you on how long these restrictions should last. Most complications from oral surgeries happen when patients do not follow the post-operative instructions provided to them. You can avoid problems by being diligent about your after-surgical care.
Experiencing wisdom tooth pain is not pleasant, and the idea of removing them can cause patients stress. However, seeing your dentist at the first sign of tooth pain can significantly improve your comfort and decrease the likelihood of infection. Additionally, wisdom teeth do not “regrow”, so once they are removed, you will never need to go through any procedures for your 3rd molars again!
If you’d like to schedule an appointment to remove your wisdom teeth today call our office at 877-999-0093! We look forward to helping you smile again. Click here to find our location nearest you!< Back to Blog