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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wisdom Tooth: Why Call It A Tooth of Wisdom When It's Pain?

When you are in your early 20s, most of your friends will begin complaining about some sort of toothaches - which is called the "Impacted Wisdom Tooth" pain. Some even had theirs in the early age of 16. 

If you're curious what is a wisdom tooth. They are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. And the sad thing about them is, they are usually misaligned and most of these cases require removal, a.k.a. extraction. Usually, the lower wisdom teeth are the one that needs removal, if they don't grow in a "erupted" position.  

That most illogical fact about wisdom tooth is, why do people choose the name "wisdom" for the last bunch of teeth that grow in your mouth from the first place? It doesn't sound "wisdom" to me at all! It's all about pain and suffering! Plus, these teeth can't grow properly most of the time and they potentially burn around U$100 to U$400 from your wallet! I don't see a sense that these teeth are wise. 

And, that's the fear, I blogged this because I will be doing extraction in the coming future. I searched the Internet, and people say that you need 3 ENTIRE MONTHS to recover from an extraction, and you can't eat many good food (unless you love cereals and oatmeals) for weeks, not to mention bleedings and pains that you will go through after the operation. 

I know, it's like you're getting a death sentence. All for the sake of removing a pain in your mouth once and for all. 



Glo-w~* said...

It depends, like for me it needn't be extracted. Yeah it was painful when i tore the flesh open see here for mine

but you can ask the dentist to burn that part of flesh off to help the tooth come out more like here

f course this is the ideal scenario where you dont need extraction^^all the best...

Liz ^^, said...

I had my wisdom tooth removed a couple of years back. The Dr. told me it was a "minor surgery" which, minor or not, scared the heck out of me !! @.@

But it isn't as bad as you described. Although it hurt bad after the operation, I didn't suffer for three months surviving on oats and cereal. It took a few days for the soreness to go away, but other than that, I was back to my normal self.

Don't worry. It'll be fineeeee. At least after that you have the peace of mind knowing that you won't have to worry about sudden pains in your mouth (due to growing teeth la) anymore ! :D