All About Wisdom Teeth (Awareness Week is May 10-16)

They say that wisdom comes with age, and while that may not always be true, it is certainly true that as you get older, you can certainly guarantee that your wisdom teeth will eventually surface.

The best thing that you can do is be aware of the pending threat that wisdom teeth pose, and understand how they may be something you need to take action on in the future. Wisdom teeth awareness week is May 10th to 16th. This is the week that we should be focusing on getting the message out to young adults everywhere that oral health is important. Regular check-ups and preventative care can help prevent you from being in a situation where you’ll need to pursue emergency oral surgery for the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth. If you do find yourself in need of emergency support, contact Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery to learn more about what first steps you should take.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

One of the few benefits of the teething stage of life is that it happens so young that we don’t actually remember going through it ourselves. For parents, teething is synonymous with fits of anger, late nights of crying, plenty of fussy stomachs and strange symptoms like rashes and mouth sores that cause young children ages 6 months to 18 months to get even less sleep than usual. But when the wisdom teeth come in, we tend to forget those hard times and are often confused by the pain that we start to experience all over again by the shifting of molars in the back of our mouths.

Wisdom teeth are an additional set of molars that develop on both sides of the jaw, including the upper and lower jaw. They typically start to develop between the ages of 17 and 21. In many cases, since they will develop so late in life, when they do start to develop your mouth will not have enough room for them to grow. This means that when they start to grow, they will start to push on the boundaries of other teeth. They do their best to push teeth out of the way and cause a degree of pain in the process.

If you’ve had braces, wisdom teeth can undo years of careful sculpting. With braces, you worked hard to straighten all of your teeth. Wisdom teeth can wreak havoc on this by simply surfacing and pushing against teeth in different directions.

When wisdom teeth begin causing painful pressure in the back of your mouth, don’t wait too long to bring attention to your oral surgeon. Contact Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation for wisdom tooth removal right away.

Why Removal of Wisdom Teeth is Important

Volunteering for a tooth extraction probably doesn’t sound like a very great idea, and so it is a bit ironic that this is something that many people do as a preventative health care measure over something we consider a “wisdom tooth.” How is an extra tooth extraction anything related to wisdom? The reality is that getting a wisdom tooth extracted before it becomes a problem can save you major headaches—and more than just the physical toothaches that come with wisdom teeth.

The eruption of wisdom teeth is a normal experience. You can’t quite predict when they are going to start popping up, and you can’t quite predict when they are going to cause problems or when they are going to emerge and be just fine. In some cases, the wisdom tooth can even be impacted. This means that it is stuck in the gum and could actually require emergency oral surgery to be removed. This can cause severe pain and even infection in the mouth, requiring the tooth to be removed immediately.

Wisdom teeth are a massive frustration. They are a huge hassle, and you never know when they are going to become a problem. One day they are fine, another day they are causing you severe pain, requiring you to change your schedule around and schedule emergency dental surgery to avoid the severe pain you are experiencing.

Having wisdom teeth removed may seem like an annoyance, but it is a good idea as a means of ensuring that you are keeping up with your preventative dental health care.

Contact Sunrise Oral and Facial Surgery

For more information about wisdom teeth and wisdom tooth extraction, contact Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery. We can answer all of your questions and get you a consultation.