Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

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Dear doctor, I am 20 years old this year, growing a wisdom tooth in my upper jaw, and it is quite painful from the time of eruption until now. I saw a part of the tooth erupting and the gums were red and swollen, causing so much pain that it was difficult for me to open my mouth, and had to eat porridge for many days. I want to consult a doctor how to solve this situation, and should wisdom teeth be extracted? (Tran Thi Mai Huong – Ho Chi Minh City)


Hello, Mai Huong!

Thank you for trusting and sharing your concerns with Nhan Tam Dental Clinic. Regarding the question: "Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?", we would like to answer specifically as follows.

First, you should visit the dentist to know the specifics of your condition. In your case, it is possible that because there is not enough space, the wisdom tooth that grows in will be squeezed by other teeth, causing sharp pain and swelling of the gums.

Wisdom teeth usually grow late between 17-25 years old when 28 teeth are full and stable on the jaw arch, the jawbone is also almost fixed. Therefore, when wisdom teeth erupt, they are often very painful, and because they are difficult to grow, the eruption time must be prolonged. In many cases, it can take many years for the teeth to fully erupt. With each eruption of the tooth, the patient will suffer a painful episode for several days. The characteristics of this pain are very different from that of a normal toothache. The pain is often accompanied by sharp pain, swelling of the tissues around the teeth, swelling of the cheeks, even worse, increasing body temperature causing fever, hard jaw difficult to move and open to eat and chew as usual.

Your symptoms indicate that wisdom teeth are progressing. You can deal with it immediately by taking pain relievers. The drug will reduce pain, move the jaw to eat and chew normally. You will only have real pain relief when the tooth is fully mature.

According to Nhan Tam Dentist, most cases of wisdom teeth are misaligned, the tooth axis is not straight, sometimes growing back into the jawbone. To determine the exact need to be scanned, it is impossible to see with the naked eye how the tooth axis is. If the tooth axis is misaligned, affecting other teeth as well as the oral hygiene process, wisdom tooth extraction is required.

Wisdom teeth cause prolonged pain, affecting chewing and health

If the teeth are severely misaligned, the doctor will recommend extraction for the "health" of the other teeth. If the teeth grow straight, in the right position, the wide space at the eruption site is determined to be enough room for the teeth to fully emerge, it can be maintained because when this tooth matures, it will no longer hurt and affect health. At this point, the decision whether to have wisdom teeth extracted is up to you. Upper wisdom teeth are usually easier to extract than lower wisdom teeth.