The Wisdom teeth are third molars at the end of the mouth that don’t have enough space to arise or grow ordinarily.
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to originate into the mouth. Most adults have four wisdom teeth at the extreme end of the mouth, two on the upper side, and two on the lower.
That’s why they’re tough to clean and hence may be more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease than other teeth are.
The Wisdom teeth don’t always show symptoms. However, when a wisdom tooth becomes septic, infects other teeth or becomes reason for other dental problems, you may have some of these signs or symptoms:
• Red or inflamed gums
• Jaw pain
• Swelling around the jaw
• An unpleasant taste in your mouth
• Tender or bleeding gums
• Difficulty opening your mouth
• Bad breath
A wisdom tooth may somewhat emerge so that some of the parts are noticeable, or it may never break through the gums. Whether fully or partially generated, the tooth may:
• Grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth.
• Grow at an angle toward the next tooth.
• Grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone.
The wisdom teeth can cause several problems in the mouth:
1. Damage to other teeth: If the wisdom tooth thrusts against the second molar, it may harm the second molar or increase the threat of contamination in that area.
2. Cysts: The wisdom tooth grows in a sac within the jawbone. The sac may block with liquid, creating a cyst that will further cause damage to the jawbone, nerves, and teeth.
3. Decay: Partially emerged wisdom teeth seem to be at greater risk of tooth decay than other teeth. This maybe occurs because wisdom teeth are harder to clean and food and bacteria get easily stuck between the gum and a partially erupted tooth.
If you’re experiencing symptoms or other dental problems that may indicate a painful wisdom tooth, consult your dentist as soon as possible.