Wisdom teeth. Treat or remove?

Wisdom teeth. Treat or remove?

If your wisdom teeth have started to erupt, and at the same time you began to experience pain, you should immediately contact your dentist. Best dentists all over the world advise to do it as early as possible, even before the tooth sore appears. You can predict this moment watching the way the tooth is growing and when the gums swell. Usually it happens at the age of 17-25 years.


It should be noted that the eruption of wisdom teeth is, very often, a painful and difficult process for the body, which is fraught with a variety of complications. Timely visit to the dentist will allow you to be calm about the future of the tooth. The dentist will look whether the tooth is growing, and whether its growth can cause gaps or pain, etc.

A person must have 4 wisdom teeth. Each of them is located at the end of the dentition. The worst that wisdom teeth can present you with is not even the pain, because you can bear it, the worst is that the direction of growth of the wisdom tooth is almost impossible to guess without the help of the dentist. And in this case, it becomes necessary to remove a tooth that grows in wrong direction. Sometimes the wisdom tooth can erupt without pain, which is rare. More often, this process is accompanied by severe pain and fever.

It often happens that there is not enough space in the jaw or a tooth initially has wrong level of the slope, so that it is impossible for the wisdom tooth to erupt normally and take its place on the jaw. Such wisdom teeth are called atypical. There are several variants of atypical wisdom teeth. There mesial (tilted toward the center of the dentition, as if pushing teeth situated in front of it), vertical ( tooth, normally located, but not erupted for some reason), horizontal (tooth perpendicular to the rest of the teeth) and distal (tooth is in reverse direction from other teeth). Wisdom tooth can also be situated inside the jaw bone, or slightly protrude from the gums.


Improper eruption of wisdom teeth and its location can result in the following consequences: a wisdom tooth caries, tooth decay of neighboring teeth, periodontal disease, injury and displacement of the neighboring teeth.

Sometimes it turns out that the wisdom tooth grows normally and correctly, but it remains to be covered with the gum because of lack of space. A so-called operculum of a wisdom tooth is a favorite breeding ground for various bacteria and for pus accumulation. This place is almost impossible to brush, because it is really hard to be reached. In such situations, it is almost impossible to avoid caries.

Please note, that you shouldn’t ever warm the affected area, if a wisdom tooth ache. The more you delay the visit to the doctor, the more likely that the inflammation will spread into all the surrounding tissues, including bone and periosteum. If the wisdom tooth is inflamed, the gum can swollen and may be injured by the adjacent teeth, that’s why, at once when you start feeling pain you should contact your dentist.

In the case when you already have wisdom tooth ache, possibly, the inflammation has already begun. Therefore, the first steps that your dentist will make, will be nothing else, but the removal of the inflammation. After it, everything will depend on how much the tooth is already injured. It is quite possible that the dentist will recommend you the removal of a tooth, if the inflammation has really started.

But a reliable dentist, in any case, will try to save the tooth, because it is never too late for the removing. In some cases, you can manage with a simple treatment of caries and root canals. But sometimes, due to the position of wisdom tooth, fillings cannot be of high quality. But it is necessary to take into account that saved in time wisdom tooth can be an excellent basis for the prosthesis in future.


If the dentist advises to remove a wisdom tooth, you should not argue with that or be afraid of it. While the removal of wisdom teeth can be attributed to the complex manipulation, there is nothing to be afraid of. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can be removed as easily as the rest of the teeth. One way or another, but an experienced dental surgeon will be able to tell you about all the details and possible complications.

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