Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth and who grows them? As strange as it may sound, only some people get to grow wisdom teeth usually between the ages of sixteen and twenty four. Wisdom teeth are a third range of molars that appear in the rear part of the mouth and can become extremely bothersome if they affect the presence of the other teeth in the area. Most people actually have their wisdom teeth extracted because of the overall damage and the pain they are exposed to when tooth growth affects chewing and the normal function of the other teeth. The name of wisdom teeth comes from the fact that they erupt at an age beyond childhood, when personality and a certain “wisdom” is considered to be achieved already.

The most common oral health problems that are associated with wisdom teeth include infections of the gums. Such conditions are favored by the position of the teeth in an area where it is pretty difficult to reach with the tooth brush, food accumulates on the jaw side and makes the perfect environment for bacterial growth. Besides the overall discomfort, such infections of the wisdom teeth can be pretty dangerous as they can easily get extended to the throat or the ears. Tongue problems are also pretty commonly associated with the incorrect eruption of wisdom teeth.

Whenever the tongue brushes up against improperly grown wisdom teeth, a certain sensitivity appears in the area. It is possible not to experience anything other than discomfort for a specific period of time, but it is very likely that at a certain moment the condition should become so painful that it almost numbs the tongue. The only solution for such a condition is the extraction or the removal of the wisdom teeth that are responsible for the issue in the first place. Furthermore, if you are undergoing any tooth straightening processes, it is also a good idea to have the wisdom teeth removed as they could inflict extensive damage on the others.

Why do some people experience problems with wisdom teeth and some others don't? The answer to this question lies in the different jaw size; people with a larger jaw are less likely to have improperly grown wisdom teeth, unlike those that have a smaller bone support. Another “generality” here applies to the fact that people who have grown crooked teeth in the first place, are very likely to suffer more when wisdom teeth appear. However, cases are special and completely different from one individual to another, and only a dentist or an orthodontist can pass a valid opinion on the matter.

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