Wisdom tooth on its way?

A sharp sudden pain at the end of your jaw is a tell-tale sign that your last set of teeth might soon be coming out

By Author  |  Published: 10th Jun 2019  10:42 pm
Wisdom tooth

Ever felt a sharp pain in your teeth, towards the end of your jaw? A pain that slowly starts to spread? If yes, pay attention to it as there is a good possibility that your wisdom teeth might soon start to pop.

“On an average, wisdom teeth generally push their way through between 17 and 21 years of age but, for some they may arrive when the person is in his/her late 20s or 30s, and may be completely absent in some others, says Dr Ajay Kumar Rayapuraju, a dentist at Pooja Dental Care, Bagh Lingampally.

“Due to the evolution of the human race, the jaw size has decreased, resulting in their crooked outgrowth (sometimes),” he explains. In total, there are 4 teeth that will push through on either sides of your jaw, both upper and lower.

Owing to the increasing levels of pain one feels when their wisdom teeth start to show, most people prefer to have them removed. If you are considering the option, do so with proper consultation and advice from your dentist. “We generally start with basic antibiotics and painkillers and if the pain is still persistent, we try to take it out by performing a minor surgery called ‘Third molar impaction’,” Dr Ajay says.

Again, the surgery is only the last resort. For those whose eruption cleanly cuts through the tissue, without causing any harm to the adjacent tooth, then, they can be left in the jaw for some time, under timely watch, of course.

The common symptoms include

  • Irritation in the jaw
  • Swollen gums
  • Sharp pain that will slowly radiate towards the ear
  • The last eight teeth on the side of the new outgrowth will start to ache in one quadrant of the jaw