Let’s take a closer look at the life cycle of your teeth.
Your first set of teeth is called deciduous teeth. These are also referred to as your baby teeth, milk teeth or primary teeth. These first start growing as a baby and will finish growing until about 6 years of age. If you have ever watched babies teeth, you will have noticed that they experience discomfort when these first set of teeth start to develop. Developing deciduous teeth can cause mouth pain and swollen gums, not too dissimilar to the discomfort associated with wisdom teeth. However this teething process is normal and doesn’t require any special medical attention such as oral surgery.
These deciduous teeth are then replaced with your second set of teeth, otherwise known as your permanent teeth. You will have experienced your baby teeth falling out – even if you don’t remember. This is normally the stage in which as a child you would have been introduced to the tooth fairy. This happens from about age 6 onwards. Most people will usually have their full set of permanent teeth by 21 years of age.
Your wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to erupt, and for most people, causes excruciating pain. Why is this? Scientists link wisdom teeth back to the time when our early ancestors foraged for food that were found in forests such as plants, roots, vegetables and other food they had been able to gather. It is believed that we needed all of our teeth, including wisdom teeth, to grind through the sturdy and tough food. Fast forward to the last few centuries where food preparation and cooking have made food softer and easier to eat, and the acceptable theory is that our jaws have evolved, shrinking in size, to the point where we now no longer need the wisdom teeth. As a result, there is no space left for when the wisdom teeth do erupt, and this result in wisdom teeth pain caused by the following issues:
· Teeth overcrowding – as a result of wisdom teeth growing in such an unhealthy way that it impacts on other teeth, forcing teeth to ‘crowd’ which leads to food being trapped, which can lead to infection. This can also lead to mouth ulcers and cysts as teeth are pushed outwards, rubbing against your inner cheek.
· Gum disease – as a result of wisdom teeth only partially erupting from the gum line, or trapped beneath the gum line causing inflamed and swollen gums
· Tooth infection and decay – as a result of not being able to properly brush or floss wisdom teeth, this can lead to bacteria and other food being stuck which causes infection and other mouth problems.
Don’t let wisdom teeth pain overtake your life. Address the problem early on and contact The Wisdom Teeth Professionals, for an oral surgeon in Sydney or Melbourne that can alleviate your suffering and remove your wisdom teeth. Contact us now on 1300 217 858 to book in a consultation or obtain a wisdom teeth removal price.