Are you experiencing oral pain? More importantly, are you experiencing oral pain in the back of your mouth behind the teeth known as the molars? If you answered, yes to both of these questions, you may in fact be experiencing pain associated with your wisdom teeth. As an individual develops, through normal anatomy and physiology, he or she will notice their wisdom teeth begin to erupt through the gums in the back of their mouth. As one can understand, anything erupting through the gums in the back of the mouth can cause significant pain; thus there is often pain associated with the introduction of wisdom teeth. To begin, I believe it is important to understand the anatomy associated with the eruption of wisdom teeth in order to better understand its root cause of pain.
Wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth, which is also called the posterior aspect of the mouth. You have four total wisdom teeth. The location of each of these teeth are as follows: one wisdom tooth behind the molars on the top right side of the mouth. One wisdom tooth behind the molars on the top left side of the mouth. One wisdom tooth located behind the molars on the bottom right side of the mouth. Finally, one wisdom tooth located behind the molars on the bottom left side of the mouth. Therefore, in addition to having just generalized oral pain, if your particular oral pain results in one of these specific locations it can also be a very strong indicator that you could be experiencing wisdom teeth pain as the source of your specific oral pain. Now that we have an understanding of the anatomy of the wisdom teeth, it is imperative to understand the signs and symptoms of such pain in order to determine the specific source.
Thus, as we continue there are several key signs and symptoms that can be associated with wisdom teeth pain. The first one being oral pain. Pain is normally the symptom that will begin to get one’s attention and thus inform that there is something abnormal going on. Once pain has been identified, one then looks for the source of that pain by physical signs such as redness in the areas of the mouth where the wisdom teeth begin to erupt through the gums; swelling in these areas. Tenderness when you chew food, or if one touches the affected areas. If none of these signs are present, and the only symptom that is present is pain, then there could be a more significant medical issue occurring and that could be identified as impacted wisdom teeth.
If an individual is experiencing wisdom teeth pain and notices that there are not any signs of the wisdom teeth erupting from the gums, then it is imperative that one sees a dentist to determine if the wisdom teeth are in fact impacted and unable to erupt through the gums as they normally would. The inability for the wisdom teeth to erupt can be caused by various reasons, some being anatomical. One such reason, is that the way the previous teeth have erupted through the gums have done so in a way that has crowded the space left for wisdom teeth to come in. In return leaving a narrow space that blocks the ability for these teeth to come in normally. Other issues can be, the jaw bone has developed in such a way that prevents the wisdom teeth from erupting normally. In these instances, it is imperative to have the wisdom teeth surgically removed as a means to provide relief as well as a means to prevent further damage that would occur if these teeth tried to force their way into a crowded area.
Impacted wisdom teeth are something that must be addressed and be surgically removed, thus with surgery comes risks. Those risks can range from pain to infection, but those specific risks must be addressed by the surgeon before the procedure takes place. There are many other causes of oral pain; however, if it is believed that the specific oral pain is due to wisdom teeth it is essential that it is addressed properly by a medical professional.