Throughout our lives, the mouth undergoes many changes, and one of them are the wisdom teeth, which are technically known as third molars. Although in many cases people do not feel pain or have problems with them, it is advisable to extract them for various reasons, either because space needs to be made for the rest of the teeth to facilitate and speed up orthodontic treatment or because in the short term they can be a problem.
Well, in today’s article we are going to deal with this subject, we are going to answer the most frequently asked questions about wisdom teeth.
Everything you need to know about wisdom teeth
Up to what age can wisdom teeth erupt?
The answer to this question is not exact, as each case is different, what we can say is that the age range in which wisdom teeth usually come out is from 17 to 25 years old, and it is in this period when they start to come out.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
There are many cases in which it is necessary to remove wisdom teeth, as in any case, it will depend on various parameters, although the main reasons why these third molars are extracted are:
- Infection in the area
- Gum disease
- Due to extensive caries that can affect nearby molars
I have pain in my wisdom teeth, what should I do?
If at this moment you have palpitations in the tooth or you experience some kind of pain in the area of the third molar, it is important that you go to your dentist, so that after an examination, he/she can tell you what your mouth needs, and if it is necessary to extract the tooth as soon as possible.
Does it hurt to remove a wisdom tooth?
Each person is unique, and so is their mouth, which is why a priori it is not possible to say whether this process will hurt or not. However, local anaesthesia is always applied during the process, which avoids pain in the tooth and the area. However, there are cases in which this extraction process can last from 15 minutes to an hour. As we always say, each case is unique and it is necessary to do a complete check-up and study everything a mouth needs to achieve the perfect smile.
Why do some cases of wisdom teeth not come out?
As you may already know, there are people for whom these third molars do not erupt. And the reasons can be very diverse, either because during their development they do not have space to erupt, as they are the last to do so, or because their position during development is not ideal and due to the last teeth they have become wedged in.
This does not necessarily mean that they have to be removed, as in any case it is important to leave behind the fear of going to the dentist, go to our trusted dental clinic and have a check-up, so that we can avoid problems in the future.
What can I eat after having a wisdom tooth removed?
As for any other dental extraction, it is important that once the anaesthesia has worn off, at which point we can eat more relaxed, it is important for the rapid recovery of the area to eat a soft diet, eat food that is not too hot and drink plenty of water. After a few days, it is possible to add semi-soft foods and so on.
What did you think of the answers to these questions? If you currently have doubts about wisdom teeth, from Gross Dentistas we invite you to visit our dental clinic in Malaga or write to us to consult your specific case. Our experts will be happy to assist you, answer all your questions and perform a review.