It is no secret that tooth eruption is quite a long process accompanied by unpleasant sensations. It is children of tender years who usually suffer from growing teeth.
However, at the age of 17-20 years, we again face this problem, but this time it is concerned with the so-called wisdom teeth (or third molars). Some lucky ones have these teeth erupted with practically no discomfort. They actually get off with a little swelling. Still, there are cases when they grow into the cheek, causing a very painful sensation. In such cases one has to visit a dentist for professional help.
Why does a wisdom tooth grow into the cheek and what is to be done in this case? That is what this article informs you about. Let’s start with the fact that wisdom teeth are included in these 32 teeth than constitute the norm. At the age of 17-25 they start erupting. There must be four of them: two at the bottom and two at the top.
Third molars make a row of teeth on each side of the jaw. Often, however, nature plays a cruel joke, leaving no place for them in the jaw. As a result, they begin to grow outside of the dental row, particularly into the cheek. Moreover, the first symptoms of wisdom tooth eruption can appear at the age of 17, and a full eruption may take place only by the age of 30. Thus, this process is rather long than painful.
Normally, a wisdom tooth should erupt athwart the growth line of the teeth, with slight swelling of the mucosa. There may be also an increased bleeding during a hygienic cleaning in this period. The pain in eruption occurs, but it is periodic and does not cause strong discomfort. However, if a wisdom tooth is growing slanted or lies horizontally, then it can cause severe pain. Abutting the adjacent tooth, an improperly growing third molar can cause inflammation of the mucous membrane, so in this case it has to be removed.
What Can Be Done if a Wisdom Tooth Is Growing Into the Cheek?
If a third molar is not growing as it should and deflects to the direction of the cheek, it can injure the mucosa, which leads to the formation of ulcers. In this case a tooth is definitely removed because to fix this situation is impossible. It is an attending doctor who solves the question of the tooth removal.
There is a belief that wisdom tooth is absolutely useless and should be removed immediately after the eruption. This is a misconception. If they grow in the dental row and are not affected by caries, they should not be extracted. It should be noted that a bottom wisdom tooth growing into the cheek is far more common case than that related to the upper ones. To prevent pain immediately after the eruption, it is necessary to take preventive measures and avert inflammation.
- Brush your teeth regularly to avoid getting food under the hood.
- If swelling begins to appear, you can rinse your mouth with a solution of chlorhexidine or salt.
- Analgesics should be refused.
- If there is swelling and pain, be sure to contact a dentist as this may signal the formation of abscess. The inflammation can damage not only the gums but also jaw bone and even the maxillary sinus.
- If a tooth has a cavity and curved channels, or it does not grow in the row, then you are likely to need removal.
The removal procedure is performed under anesthesia. After such therapeutic manipulation, you should follow the advice of a doctor. In inflammation your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Immediately after removal, it is necessary to avoid overcooling and overheating.
Note that if before a surgery there was swelling, it may increase afterwards. However, you should not be afraid because this swelling will pass away eventually. If swelling aggravates or is accompanied by pain, then immediately see a dentist. For reducing the content of pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity and for avoiding inflammation of the hole in the mouth, you should rinse it with salt solution, starting from the second day after removal.
Note!Remember that if you have noticed that a bottom wisdom tooth is growing into the cheek (it may be an upper wisdom tooth as well), you are not to delay seeing a dentist as the longer you wait the more severe complications will be.
This is basically all you need to know about wisdom teeth.Take care of yourself!