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What are Wisdom Teeth?

Posted on 5/10/2021 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
What are Wisdom Teeth?Like most body parts, your mouth also changes in your lifetime. One natural change that usually occurs in your teens and young adulthood is the growth of your wisdom teeth (third molars). In most cases, wisdom teeth grow crooked or sideways and push on other teeth, causing problems such as overcrowding, misalignment, and pain.

Most people experience constant pain, while others only experience discomfort when chewing food. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, Dr. Jae Seon Kim and Dr. Kim can recommend corrective course of action depending on your pain and the wisdom tooth's alignment.

Function and Purpose of Wisdom Teeth

Dentists believe that wisdom teeth are evolutionary relics that helped our distant ancestors eat rougher foods like raw meat and reed plants. They served as replacements in case of teeth wearing down or falling out. Today, we don't need these replacement teeth, thanks to advancements in oral hygiene and cooked meals. However, they still grow, causing overcrowding, bone and nerve damage.

Wisdom Teeth Pain Symptoms and Causes

While some people don't have any visible symptoms of wisdom teeth pain, those who do feel throbbing pain at the back of their mouth, behind their molars. You'll feel a poke through your gums when you touch it, and the area might be red, tender, and inflamed. Wisdom tooth pain usually occurs due to overcrowding and misalignment. The pain can emerge suddenly and gets worse with constant chewing.

To learn more about symptoms and causes of wisdom teeth pain, we recommend visiting Dr. Jae Seon Kim and Dr. Kim at Pacific Modern Dentistry

Wisdom Teeth Pain Remedies and Treatment

If you don't have a dentist appointment yet, you can try some home remedies such as applying ice chips to numb the pain and reduce swelling. You can also use salt water and rinse to clean your mouth to help dislodge bacteria and food particles. The most common wisdom teeth treatment is extraction. However, this is not an option for people with a potential risk for complications or bleeding disorders.

At Pacific Modern Dentistry, Dr. Jae Seon Kim or Dr. Kim can guide you regarding the wisdom teeth treatment you need. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (206)284-4505 today.
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