Alongside this article I have posted a digital X-ray of tooth number #32, #31, and #30- known as the lower right molars. The last tooth to the left of the image is my wisdom tooth (#32), which is positioned in such a way referred to as ‘mesially impacted’. In other words, there is limited space in the jaw for this tooth. It is not functional in my bite and because of its angle, it’s a food trap! If you look closely at the image you will notice the large dark area eating into the second molar- the tooth in front of the wisdom tooth. With the angle of the wisdom tooth it can make it almost impossible to keep the area clean opposed to the other areas of the mouth.
I had my lower wisdom teeth extracted over the summer. Now, you would think with this large area of decay (commonly stated as a cavity) that I would’ve had a tooth ache or at least some sensitivity to temperature or sweets?! Surprisingly- I did not! This area of decay had appeared on the X-ray so large that during removal of the decay it was a strong possibility of exposing the nerve which would’ve led to- you guessed it, a root canal. Fortunately that wasn’t the case. This just goes to show that decay can be extensive without any of the assumed symptoms.
We are here to educate you! The more you understand about your dental care the more we can be on the same page with keeping your mouth healthy and remember- just because you don’t ‘feel’ anything, doesn’t indicate there isn’t something going on. Next time you’re faced with the possibility of postponing treatment, you may want to think twice.