Wisdom tooth erupts at late teens or early youth, therefore they are named as wisdom tooth. Most adults have the whole set of wisdom teeth which amounts to four in number.
An adult can have four wisdom teeth. The growth of your wisdom teeth is something that occurs once you reach adulthood but the only problem is that most people have wisdom teeth that grow sideways or are impacted. This can be a serious problem because as the wisdom tooth grows, it digs into the jawbone or pushes into the tooth next to it.
Wisdom teeth are easily extracted, like any other teeth, if they are fully erupted. If not, your dentist will let you know what the plan is in the pre-extraction exam. You will need to have some of the bone removed as well if they are embedded in the gums and jawbone.
Symptoms of wisdom tooth impaction can be varied including swelling, loosening of the gum near the impaction, inability to fully open the mouth, unable to chew food properly, bad taste in the mouth, bad breath and aching gums. The cost of wisdom teeth removal will depend on a variety of factors. Without insurance, consultation and x-rays can be around $300, and the removal of the tooth can amount to $1500.
If you become affected by any of these symptoms it's best to avoid eating sweet, sticky or hard foods as these will only make the problem worse. Try gargling with a mouth wash to help eliminate bad breath, and as a general rule always consult your dentist.
There may also be some bleeding after the surgery so it is best to seek the advice of your dentist regarding what is considered to be normal post-operative bleeding and what is not. Also rinse your mouth with a saline solution. It is important to practice good oral hygiene after the wisdom teeth extraction to prevent the growth of bacteria that can lead to infection.
Wisdom tooth extraction needs post-operation care as well. A peculiar odor persists for a few days, post-surgery. This will diminish and vanish after a short period of time.