Wisdom teeth usually appear around the age of 18 and can cause a lot of pain. Is keeping them truly a good idea? Shouldn’t they be taken out instead? When do you think they should be taken down? And how do you get back on your feet after such a little procedure?
What exactly are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are named for the age at which they first appear in the mouth, which is normally between the ages of 16 and 24. Many people assume that their name has something to do with adulthood (18 years old in most countries). But, at the age of 18, are all adults wise? That is a different debate.
If they are well aligned, these teeth, the last ones to occupy our mouth, at the very bottom, are very useful for perfect chewing. In an ideal world, it is preferable to keep them for as long as possible. If you manage to keep them, you will use them every day for the rest of your life.
Wisdom tooth problems
However, the appearance of two, three, or four wisdom teeth – the number varies between people – can be a problem. In fact, these newcomers have the potential to be, shall we say, delinquent. In some cases, their development is hampered by a lack of available space. They then grow in stages. Only a portion of the crown is visible; the remainder is embedded in the gum and causes pain.
Health professionals refer to this condition as “pericoronitis.” Furthermore, they serve as an entry point for bacteria of all kinds, resulting in infections.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes grow in at an angle or simply remain in the gums. They can then press on the other teeth, causing complications or causing gum damage.
Furthermore, any abnormality in their growth can result in major cavities. In fact, in addition to being difficult to reach with a toothbrush, they can cause damage to the molars around them, either by transmitting an infection or by causing decay.
After wisdom tooth extraction, complications can occur. The most “common” ones are those that affect the extraction cavity or the inner side of the cheek. It is typically caused by the presence of food. It frequently goes away after antibiotic treatment.
Healing a tooth socket infection, which can be painful, necessitates local treatment. A wick soaked in clove is usually enough to make it disappear.