We might find it strange when, out of the blue, the dentist tells us that we need to get our wisdom teeth taken out. Sometimes we know that the extraction is necessary since wisdom teeth may cause pain and discomfort due to overcrowding or may cause misalignment in other teeth due to some fault in placement. Most of the time, however, we do not even know why we need them to be removed and according to WebMD, “more than 60% of these extractions aren’t needed”. Let us take a look at what we might be overlooking and how future problems related to the wisdom teeth may be taken care of.
Why Removal is Recommended?
Wisdom teeth are present on both, the upper and lower jaws of the mouth and are the third last molars on each side. They emerge at a later stage in life in one’s late teens or early twenties, usually once all other teeth have erupted. Because they come last, wisdom teeth are often the cause of overcrowding and misalignment, leading to pain because, according to Colgate, “teeth removed before age 20 have less developed roots and fewer complications”. This is why, it is recommended that they be taken out even when they do not seem to cause problems since earlier removals often prevent difficulties appearing later on and may have to be dealt with more severely, like having painful extractions and surgeries.
When Removal is Needed?
Removal may be done beforehand as a preventive step but it is mostly done when one or more symptoms start to show and create complications these symptoms may include:
Misalignment in other teeth – due to the new molars pushing in, the preexisting teeth may start to move around because of the overcrowding. This may also cause pain, especially during chewing when food goes to the back of the mouth.
Gums and jaw damage – the growing molars may cause inflammation of gums as the surrounding tissue starts to swell. The areas around the teeth may also make the nerves sensitive, causing pain in the jaw area.
Sinus and cavities – Sinus pain may occur, causing congestion and the swollen gums may create pockets for bacteria to grow and create cavities.
Extracting the wisdom teeth from a dentist may be the best way to prevent any serious issues with the teeth or mouth. However, in order to avoid any extractions at all, certain measures can be taken to ensure healthy teeth and gums. This can be done through various pain relief methods.
Mouth Wash – mouth wash is an essential item to keep in your bathroom at all times. By rinsing your mouth, you use helpful chemicals to get rid of any bacteria or possible cavities in the mouth that may make the growth of wisdom teeth more painful than it has to be. It can also be done without the use of chemicals by simply gargling and swishing your mouth with a mixture of warm water and salt before spitting.
Clove Oil Therapy – toothaches that are caused by the wisdom teeth can be subsided by using cloves or clove oils which is an ingredient commonly found in most toothpastes today. Cloves can be placed directly on the area that hurts and then dabbed with a cotton pad or brushed to rinse out the acrid flavor.
Numbing Technique – By using benzocaine, toothaches can be dulled by numbing down the pain whenever it seems to become unbearable. The best way to use benzocaine is to apply gel based products on the gums where the wisdom teeth are growing.
Over-the-counter Pain Reliever – Ibuprofen can be especially helpful if you want a quick and efficient way to solve pain issues that occur from wisdom teeth.
The methods for treating wisdom teeth pain are more or less home remedies in order to give instant relief. However, this relief may be temporary and it is always a good idea to book appointment and cross check with the dentist. No matter what you feel about your teeth, your dentist is experienced and knows best what you need and at what time. Therefore, trust your dental practitioner for the best solutions on how to treat wisdom teeth problems.