Dr. Anoop Jins Jose is a dental specialist based in the UAE. In this article, we ask him questions about wisdom teeth.
We have all suffered from wisdom teeth at one point or another. Do you remember the time you had to remove them all? Or were you part of the ones who got to keep them and never heard about having surgery? If you are currently dealing with wisdom teeth, read more for Dr. Anoop’s answers.
Why is my wisdom teeth area painful?
The last tooth in each dental arch or jaw is called a wisdom tooth or third molar tooth. It usually erupts between the ages of 17 and 24, sometimes later. According to Dr. Anoop, a wisdom tooth erupts very slowly into the oral cavity. The process can lead to an infection of the gingiva (gums) covering the tooth due to food lodgment and improper cleaning. This condition is called pericoronitis. It causes severe pain and swelling in the erupting or semi-erupted wisdom tooth.
Why has my wisdom tooth partially erupted?
Dr. Anoop explains that in some people, the jaw does not have enough space to accommodate a wisdom tooth. This may cause partial eruption or complete impaction of the tooth within the jaw bone. Dr. Anoop emphasizes the fact that this should be monitored and identified through an x-ray of your teeth (panoramic x ray or IOPA x ray).
Have you been suffering from your wisdom teeth? Frequent dentist check-ups can help you prevent pain and deal with the matter in advance.
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