About thirty percent of people having problems with their wisdom teeth. Symptoms can be severe and require extensive care, often to remove the tooth. This will generally be the best choice because other forms of treatment are only a temporary measure to alleviate symptoms rather than address the cause.
- What are they?
Wisdom teeth are four large teeth right at the back of your mouth, on both sides and above and below. They are also known as third molars. They tend to occur during the late twenties or thirties – hence the name. In other cultures, they are called 'dental maturity' and other variations. You can explore this link to know about the symptoms and treatment of wisdom teeth.
While other teeth usually grow quite normal, you are disproportionately likely to have problems with wisdom teeth. The symptoms of pain that results can take many different forms, and should not be immediately identified as problem wisdom teeth.
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- Wisdom teeth – symptoms and causes
An impacted tooth is one that has not grown straight up from the gum. Instead, it has been growing in the corner. This means that it will often interfere with the other teeth; it may grow into them and exert pressure on them. Or, it may grow out into the cheek, causing ulcers and abrasions.
A partially erupted tooth is one that has not fully emerged from the gums. This means that the gums vulnerable to infection because of the opportunity for bacteria to enter and is one of the main reasons for the extraction of wisdom teeth.
Symptoms include swollen and red gums, toothache, headache, and even pain that extend to the bottom of the jaw and neck to the shoulder on that side.
Many people have problems with their wisdom teeth. Symptoms are diverse, and often the best treatment is to remove the offending tooth so as to avoid future problems.