The Causes of Pain With Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth cause people a lot of trouble, even with proper oral hygiene. For this reason, it is recommended by most dentists that wisdom teeth be removed in the teen years, before problems worsen.
When people recount their wisdom tooth removal story, pain is often something that is mentioned. Why do wisdom teeth cause pain, before and after removal?
Before wisdom tooth removal
Wisdom teeth often become impacted, meaning that the tooth doesn’t fully come into the mouth. This often means that the wisdom teeth don’t even break through the gums. Most people deal with impacted wisdom teeth.
There are many different ways for a wisdom tooth to become impacted. It can slant both backwards and forwards. It can even begin growing horizontally, which is when wisdom tooth pain often becomes a factor that makes life harder.
Impacted wisdom teeth that aren’t growing in a straight direction can damage neighboring teeth, and disrupt the health of that area of the mouth, causing infection. Remember that because the wisdom teeth, the last line of molars, are in the very back of the mouth, meaning that cleaning isn’t easy.
If bacteria are left alone for too long on those last molars, it can result in decay and gum disease, which means pain. Bacteria can also enter into the blood stream, causing more problems throughout the body.
It is generally wise to remove your wisdom teeth before pain begins, or before it progresses. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the best choice for both analyzing your particular mouth and molars, and for wisdom teeth removal.
After surgery, the pain comes from the processes required to remove a molar from the mouth. It is a surgery. Sometimes, if the tooth is especially impacted, the dentist or oral surgeon must use more complicated means to remove the tooth, which may result in soreness in the following days.