Your wisdom teeth are the final set of adult teeth to erupt. The wisdom teeth, also known as ‘third molars‘, are located at the very back of the mouth. Sometimes the erupt normally and pose no problems. However, if the jaw is too small to accommodate them, they may become partially or entirely trapped in the gums or jawbone. When this occurs, infection, cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues may result. Thus, special care is needed for them. As a result, this article compiles the age and eruption signs, as well as their purpose and how to care for your wisdom teeth as they erupt.
When do wisdom teeth erupt?
The final set of permanent teeth to erupt are the wisdom teeth, or the third molars. They come out right behind your second molars, at the very back of your mouth. One can be found in each corner of the mouth. These typically start to show up in the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. Men are more likely than women to notice their wisdom teeth. Additionally, the first teeth to erupt are typically the upper molars.
What oral signs indicate the eruption of the third molar?
A dull ache near the back of the jaw, slight irritation, redness, swelling, and, most importantly, small white specks emerging behind the second molars are all indications that your wisdom teeth are starting to erupt. These symptoms may also include possible facial pain from the surrounding nerves being compressed by it.
What is the purpose of wisdom teeth?
The term “vestigial” is frequently used to describe the third molars or wisdom teeth. This indicates that they once had some use but are no longer necessary. This is due to the fact that our ancestors’ diet, which mainly consisted of raw and hard foods, required them to grind such foods, improving digestion. The altered modern diet, racial differences, quantity of chewing, and genetic inheritance all result in a smaller jaw. All of these factors could limit the space for the eruption of the third molar, thereby limiting its function.
What kind of care should be given to the wisdom tooth?
The maintenance of wisdom teeth requires both individualised and specialised care. In addition to regular dental checkups, it is crucial to use proper brushing, flossing, and mouthwash techniques.
Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.