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Feeling immense pressure all the way at the back of your mouth? It could possibly be one of your wisdom teeth coming in. It may be a bit worrying if it’s the first time you’re experiencing this. So, let’s look into the details to learn more about them to clear the air!
Wisdom teeth are the third or last molars an adult can have. Molars are the largest and strongest teeth located at the back of the mouth. One can get a total of four wisdom teeth at most- two on the top and two on the bottom.
The “arrival” of the dreaded wisdom teeth is a popular topic, especially among young adults. This is because wisdom teeth usually start showing up in those that are between 17 and 25 years of age.
For some, the emerging of these teeth causes no pain at all, given that they align properly with the other teeth in the mouth, as they should. However, it’s a different experience for each individual. While some may experience nothing in particular, others may go through intense pain which would result in requiring professional help.
Does the emergence of these teeth bring along with them a profound sense of wisdom?
Is there a reason to be excited to finally have these teeth coming in?
Do only wise people have wisdom teeth coming in?
Well, in reality, wisdom teeth go by their given name solely due to the fact that they appear somewhat later in life when one is presumably more “mature” and “wiser”.
In the early days, our ancestors used to depend on comparatively rougher food like nuts, roots, reed plants, leaves and tough meat for survival. Thus, it’s perceived that the wisdom teeth served an important purpose in those times and helped in chewing down these rugged foods.
In addition, as our ancestors had larger jaws, the emergence of wisdom teeth did not present a significant issue as there was enough space in their mouth for the teeth to come out.
If there’s not enough space for the wisdom teeth to come out, the teeth become impacted and hence, lead to pain. In some cases, half of a wisdom tooth may emerge whereas, the other half is unable to.
When the wisdom tooth is impacted in any way, it may grow at an abnormal angle which can cause complications. For example, it may grow towards the back of the mouth or towards the second molar that sits in front of it. Some may even grow within the jawbone and not emerge. Hence, in such a case, the dentist would have to make an incision to remove it.
These impacted wisdom teeth can cause swelling, infections, tooth decay, overcrowding and inflamed gums as well.
If you are experiencing pain due to a wisdom tooth that’s emerging, you can opt for some home remedies to manage it at first, for instance:
If the pain does not subside or if you experience symptoms like recurring headaches or bloody saliva, it is important to schedule an appointment with a dentist to treat it or remove it if needed, for permanent relief!
https://www.healthline.com/health/wisdom-teeth-pain-relief#Outlook Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wisdom-teeth/symptoms-causes/syc-20373808 Impacted wisdom teeth
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319461#removal Ways to relieve painful wisdom teeth
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279590/ Should you have your wisdom teeth removed?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4979926/ Problems with erupting wisdom teeth: signs, symptoms and management
https://www.verywellhealth.com/molar-definition-of-molar-1059429 The Functions of Molar and Wisdom Teeth
https://www.verywellhealth.com/why-do-we-have-wisdom-teeth-1059377 Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
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