Wisdom teeth can be a pain, not just literally, but physically as well. There comes a certain time in a teenager’s or young adult’s life (although an individual may have his or her wisdom teeth appear later on in life, no matter the age of the person) when wisdom teeth become a problem and begin to hurt as they force their way through the gums, crowding the other teeth and nudging any teeth that are close to them forward in order to make a spot for themselves. In this way, wisdom teeth are like the bullies of your mouth, in that they are entering a place where all of the seats are full, and they want nothing more than to have a spot, and will hurt others in the process. The worst part is, the other people in this crowded area are your permanent teeth, and this can permanently disfigure the entire alignment of your teeth for the rest of your life. Because the wisdom teeth are entering a place that is crowded, they absolutely must be removed before they have the chance to shove the other teeth out of the way and cause you unbearable amounts of pain.
There are a variety of different problems that may also arise as a direct result of the entrance of the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth may not always grow in the direction that they should, making it incredibly difficult to open and close your mouth. If a wisdom tooth begins to grow into your mouth at the wrong angle, it may push through the gum line, or even worse, it may begin growing towards the jaw area, causing substantial problems and possible infections. If this is left unfixed for too long, the other teeth in the mouth will begin to become sore, as the gums are red and puffy due to the trauma that the wisdom tooth is causing. The procedure to get a wisdom tooth out that has already lodged itself inside your jaw area is much more difficult and invasive than if the wisdom tooth was removed when it first showed signs of movement or began hurting the patient.
In addition to growing into the jaw area, a wisdom tooth ahs the chance to break while it is still inside your gum. If this happens, the two (or more) parts of the wisdom tooth begin growing at odd angles out of your gums, and may stab the patient in the jaw any time the mouth is closed. Because the shards of the tooth have been broken, they are not only disfiguring the other teeth when trying to make space in your mouth, but they are also incredibly sharp and have the chance to cut the top of your gums or your tongue. The mouth is not an incredibly clean place, and this opens it up to multiple infections that can caused permanent damage to both your mouth and your liver. Contine reading