Wisdom teeth: To Extract or Not

image of tooth and toolsWisdom is not usually associated with bringing pain. However, when it’s wisdom teeth we’re talking about, pain is all too common.

This is exactly the problem that Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor has. He’s usually busy making movies, but lately, he’s been troubled by something we often don’t think about unless there is a problem: our teeth.

According to a recent tweet, his wisdom teeth are the problem. They have caused him many sleepless nights and a lot of pain. They are making all usual activities and work more difficult!

He says, “To extract or not to extract, that is the question!”

In his case, if his wisdom teeth are causing him pain, he should to talk with a dentist about possibly having them extracted, or removed. He may be considering whether this is the best time, since he is about to start filming a new movie. However, he should remember that having his wisdom teeth removed will mean less pain over time!

Many other people also must think about whether to have a wisdom tooth or all their wisdom teeth removed. Because the wisdom teeth come in last, there is often very little room left in the mouth for these large teeth.

Wisdom teeth coming in can cause a lot of pain, especially if they are trapped under the gums or by other teeth. Swelling and tenderness are common. For this reason, many dentists recommend that wisdom teeth be closely watched. This way, if there are any issues, they can be solved before they cause pain and other dental problems.

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the the four teeth that emerge last on each side. They appear usually when a person between 16 and 20 years old. This might be why they are called “wisdom teeth,” because they come late and when a person is likely wiser than a child.

If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, come visit Dr. Aaron D. Johnson at The Smile Center for a free consultation. Call 701-258-1321 today!