Wisdom teeth are also commonly referred to as third molars. They are located in a very awkward and difficult position at the back of your mouth.
Due to their position, it is hard for them to be cleaned or even reached by using a toothbrush. Wisdom teeth commonly start to appear between the ages of 17 to 25, but also are known to form when people are much older, or in some cases, not at all.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
It’s sometimes hard for wisdom teeth to fit, due to the size of your jaw. When your wisdom teeth appear, there will be a total of 32 teeth present. Although, a lot of people only have room in their jaw for 28 teeth.
Without enough space for wisdom teeth (or a tooth) to come through correctly, it may happen at an angle instead. If they come through at an angle, this will cause discomfort, pain, and can also move your other teeth out of alignment.
As wisdom teeth impaction occurs, it can also cause pain and irritate your gums and cheeks. The impaction them can lead to tooth decay, gum infection, jaw cysts, and damage to other teeth.
Extracting wisdom teeth is a lot more difficult and complicated than extracting any other teeth. It may require stitches after they have been removed, and can also cause severe swelling and even a little bleeding during the first few days after the extraction.
The best solution to help alleviate the pain is by using over the counter painkillers.