When does wisdom tooth appear in the oral cavity?
WISDOM TOOTH is the last tooth to appear in every individual’s mouth around the age of 18 to 25 years to reach the 32 count of teeth.
Why does wisdom tooth not erupt completely for some patients?
Not all person will get to see a wisdom tooth scientifically called THIRD MOLAR in their mouth or at times may appear only partially. This is because of the changes in jaw size which varies in every person.
Why do some people have severe pain during eruption of wisdom tooth?
When a wisdom tooth tries to enter into a smaller sized jaw, it causes pain to the patient. This may present as difficulty in opening the mouth.
What happens if the partially erupted tooth is not treated?
Sometimes the tooth may appear partially and be covered by the gums. Food particles may get accumulated and cause decay of the tooth as it is difficult to access while brushing. Thus infection under the gums may present as pus formation and with severe pain. In some cases, the wisdom tooth may cause resorption of the adjacent tooth leading to decay as well.
It is advisable to remove the wisdom tooth when it causes pain and difficulty in everyday life, since it has no function in chewing.
If the tooth is present without any difficulty then removal is not necessary.Authored By : Dr. S. Hemamalathi and Dr. K. S Senthil Kumar