Bad Molars – The Ultimate Cause of a Toothache
The average adult has 32 teeth. These include incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. However, the average mouth is only able to hold 28 teeth comfortably. These four extra teeth are a third set of molars and are known as “bad teeth” or “wisdom teeth.” Unfortunately, when a mouth is not able to hold all 32 teeth, this can become very painful. In most cases, wisdom teeth removal will be necessary.
Continue reading below to learn more about this third set of molars and wisdom teeth extraction.
Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?
This third set of molars often does not make an appearance until the teenage years or even in an individual’s early 20s. Your dentist will use x-rays when you are a teenager to determine if you were blessed with this set of teeth. In some instances, these teeth can grow in flawlessly with very few problems. In these situations, wisdom teeth removal services are not needed. However, often this is not the case.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
When these teeth erupt improperly or partially, they must be removed. They will cause extensive pain and give the individual quite a toothache. Often, because there is not enough room for these teeth, they will emerge at an angle. This can affect the other teeth and cause crowding issues, damage to other teeth, pain in the jaw, and much more.
Additionally, you may experience impacted wisdom teeth. This is when these molars only partially emerge out of the gums. This is dangerous as it creates an opening in the gums. Bacteria can enter this opening and cause an infection, which can result in even more complications and pain.
What is the Wisdom Teeth Removal Process Like?
Wisdom teeth extraction is different for each individual. Depending upon how your teeth emerge and their location, it will affect your procedure.
During the procedure, you will be given some type of anesthetic. This will numb the area around the tooth. For more severe procedures, you may be knocked unconscious and will not remember any of the procedure. For less invasive procedures, sedatives may be given for pain and anxiety relief.
What Can I Expect During the Recovery?
The recovery will vary depending on the individual, the severity of the procedure, and the type number of teeth that were extracted. However, a few common side effects to expect would include:
- Swelling and bruising around the face
To prevent infections and complications from occurring, it is important you follow your dentist’s guidelines carefully following the procedure. For example, you will likely be prescribed some type of pain medication and you will have limitations on the foods you can eat. There will also be some strict instructions on how to properly care for the wound site.
If you are experiencing pain in the back of your mouth or you are wondering if now is the right time for you to receive wisdom teeth removal services, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members at Markham 7 Dental today.