Wisdom tooth pain can be the worst pain associated with your dental health. It usually occurs between the ages of 17 and 21.
The wisdom tooth is of no use to the modern human species, but that was not the case in earlier humans. Scientists believe that our ancestors needed the extra set of molars as they ate strong foods like raw meat and vegetables. Their teeth often broke, and the wisdom teeth worked as replacements.
However, the current human species do not need these molars, and thus, they do not get to erupt properly or get space inside your mouth. It can cause extreme pain and even lead to fever.
There are times when your wisdom tooth would not be much of a problem, but you may need to look out for some signs that indicate an emergency. You can schedule a consultation session with Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery to know more.
Signs that may indicate your wisdom tooth needs to be removed
- Swollen or tender gums.
When wisdom teeth first start to grow or come out, it creates a flap of muscle tissue on top of it or on its side. This flap tissue can easily trap food particles which can be challenging to clean by brushing. It can further lead to the growth of bacteria in your mouth and cause an infection. Swollen or tender gums are signs of bacterial infection.
- Incorrect growth.
In some cases, when the wisdom teeth grow, it does not get enough space in the mouth. In such cases, the tooth starts to push the tooth next to it to create space for it to erupt properly. This pushing of the other teeth can overcrowd your mouth, cause pain, and ruin the alignment and shape of your teeth. These teeth cannot be straightened out with dental treatments. When this occurs, it is better to remove them.
- Bleeding gums.
The wisdom tooth erupts by breaking out from your gums. Therefore, when they are in the process of coming out, you may notice bleeding in your gums often. You may find blood while eating fruits like apples, or you may bleed while brushing your teeth.
- Pain and irritation.
When wisdom teeth come out, it is normal to experience some pain. However, if the pain is persistent, keeps coming back, or does not go away even after taking medications, it may be a warning sign. You must visit your dentist to determine whether your wisdom tooth poses a threat to your health. However, not all wisdom teeth require extraction. Some pain may heal on their own.