Friday, May 21, 2010

Did your wisdom teeth hurt when coming through?

mine are growing and 1 is fully grown, 2 are still coming through. I don't actually feel it (not yet anyway) but I hear that it hurts for most people. Did it hurt for you and how much?!

Did your wisdom teeth hurt when coming through?
It depends on the direction of which they are comming from. If they are errupting at an angle, and pushing on other teeth they can be painful. Most of the pain that people experience from wisdom teeth are when they have them extracted. There are certain procedures that must be followed and sometimes you can get what is commonly known as a dry socket, where the bone in your jaw is exposed and that is VERY painful. If they are errupting, and you are feeling no pain that's great. If you do experience some pain, and are not planning on having them extracted, you can simply take some asprin to relieve the pain.
Reply:They did not hurt me at all...they simply grew painlessly...
Reply:I never even knew when my wisdom teeth came in. They came in perfectly straight with plenty of room. Some of us are just lucky :-)
Reply:I only had one actual break through the gums. And yes, it hurt. Not "pain" but a nagging throb. I felt my other teeth moving forward gradually over 6 months. I just got all of my wisdoms removed and I can already tell a difference in the pressure on my other teeth.

I think anyone would feel pain with a wisdom tooth breaking through the gums...babies cry when they teethe...why shouldn't we? :-)

My pain would come and go. Sometimes I wouldn't feel anything for months and then it got bad with my upper left. I saw my dentist, he referred me to my oral surgeon and VIOLA no more wisdom teeth :-)

Good luck!

P.S. I recommend getting them removed before it become a problem or an issue. Ta Ta!
Reply:See a dentist!

Wisdom teeth are third molars that usually appear between the ages of 18 and 20 (although they may appear when older, younger, or fail to appear at all). They are called "wisdom teeth" because they appear so late—much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are supposedly wiser than as a child, when the other teeth erupt. Often they need to be removed when they impact against other teeth—colloquially known as "coming in sideways."

Wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning they are covered by soft tissue (gums), hard tissue (bone) or both. Just as with any extraction, once teeth are removed, the body starts the process of healing the extraction site, via inflammation (sending cells, nutrients and proteins to the site of the wound) and wound healing (organizing all those things into a matrix and eventually filling in the socket). Unfortunately, inflammation hurts, and that's why there's ibuprofen- over the counter is fine, but usually your dentist will give you something stronger (by prescription).

If the teeth are in your mouth (erupted), the surgical procedure will go more smoothly (most of the time), than if they are impacted, in which case more gum tissue has to be pushed around, and possibly some bone removed to get the teeth out. One last thing about 3rd molars- they are like the wild cards of molars. They can tilt all different ways, and have roots that twist in different directions. Bottom line- the more hard and soft tissue (bone and gums) that have to be disturbed to remove the tooth, the more complicated the surgery, the more healing there is, and the more pain. Make sure you ask your dentist for pain meds that are appropriate for the level of impaction that the wisdom teeth had.

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