All wisdom regarding Wisdom Tooth

What is a wisdom tooth?

Our body goes through a number of changes in our lifetime. The wisdom tooth is one of the major milestones. Wisdom teeth are the last set of the molars that most people get in their early twenties. If they grow correctly, then they can be an asset to you. But if they do not, you may experience pain or discomfort and thus you need to visit your dentist.

Why are the Third molars called “Wisdom teeth”?

Why are third molars so troublesome?

Our ancestors did not have third molar problems as much as we do. That is because their jaw size was big enough to accommodate the third molars. The newer generations are getting more and more used to eating processed foods and not having enough raw food. As a result of this newer generations are not using their teeth and their jaw sizes are becoming smaller. The third molars as a result of the small jaw size are not able to fully erupt in the mouth. Some of them remain completely inside the bone and never erupt at all. While some of them erupt partially out of the bone. (impacted third molars)

Symptoms of impacted third molar

When the wisdom tooth does not erupt as the desired tooth position, the abnormal or the impacted tooth may cause infection or damage to the adjacent tooth or gums. Here are some signs and symptoms which a patient can experience :

  1. Bleeding gums and tenderness
  2. Pain in the back side of the Jaw
  3. Bad breath
  4. Difficulty in opening the mouth
  5. Swelling around the jaw

Treatment

Most antibiotics are prescribed before any surgical treatment to disinfect and reduce the pain and swelling. But just taking medications and avoiding the treatment will not help you.

Preventive Measures

  1. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing regularly.
  2. Stay Hydrated. Water flushes all the bacteria and toxins in our mouth.
  3. Rinse and gargle with antiseptic solution or warm saltwater.
  4. Follow a healthy diet. Avoid sugary foods and alcohol.

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