The average human being has a set of 32 teeth: eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars, and twelve molars. As we all know, our permanent teeth appear during our childhood, after our milk teeth fall out and then remain, well, permanent – if they can help it.
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The last four molars to appear are the wisdom teeth. They usually appear after one attains the ripe old age of 18. Now, wisdom teeth have earned themselves a pretty mean reputation for being extremely painful when they arrive. In fact, most people dread the emergence of their wisdom teeth and for good reason. Wisdom teeth are perhaps among some of the most painful things any adult should have to endure.
Why do molars have a bad reputation?
However, wisdom teeth are not always painful. In actuality, quite often they are rather painless when they start appearing. So, why do these teeth come with the bad reputation? Well, sometimes the wisdom tooth isn’t positioned well enough to allow it to descend cleanly into the mouth. This can lead to a lot of pain and in many cases, the tooth if it is partially or completely covered by the gum, or the area around it can get infected, leading to more pain. While this is not a very regular occurrence, it happens often enough for people to be afraid of their wisdom teeth.
Interestingly, it is not always necessary to extract a wisdom tooth just because it hurts. Certain adjustments to oral hygiene and changes in the position of the tooth can help with the pain. In fact our experts at DentoXpert say that the way you brush your teeth, and massage your gums can make quite a difference to the amount of pain you will have to suffer through. However, before deciding to extract a wisdom tooth, it is a good idea to consult a dentist.
If extracting the tooth becomes necessary, and the pain is too much to handle, then you should visit your dentist as soon as possible because dental infections can be quite a serious threat to your overall health.
In reality, it is a simple process
The process of removing a wisdom tooth sounds more gruesome than it actually is. Yes, they do have to take X-rays, and yes, it is technically a surgery but it is not really something you need to lose sleep over, if you’re going to a good dentist.
If you are cutting your wisdom teeth, maybe it is a good idea to take a little extra care of your teeth, because this is when they will be slightly more prone to infections than usual, it is an even better idea to switch to a different brush, toothpaste or mouthwash to get rid of any excess bacteria that might cause unnecessary problems to your teeth.
As far as extractions are concerned, there is never a standard time or age to get them done for the wisdom teeth, just like there is no standard time for them to sprout out of you. Just like the other 28, extraction is only necessary when they cause severe pain and/or get infected.