Sunday, May 04, 2008

Wisdom Tooth

"When you get your wisdom tooth, it means you are very wise." We have always heard that but who said so? :p Hmmm, has the mythbuster looked into this? ;)

I still have no signs of getting any wisdom tooth. What does this mean? Does it mean I'm forever young and immature? Or is it just some case of nutrient deficiency?

One website mentioned that wisdom tooth is the four molars, two on the upper jaw and two on the lower jaw, that are the last teeth to emerge in the mouth. These teeth are associated with wisdom because they appear during the late teens or early twenties, when a person is physically mature. Often, the wisdom teeth may not rise above the gum line, but remain impacted in the jaw, causing inflammation. If this impaction occurs, or if they pose a threat to other teeth, the wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

My colleague just related to me his wisdom tooth story. Basically, the picture shows the condition of his tooth then. His wisdom tooth grew into his other molar creating pain and agony for him for a week!! He could only open his mouth big enough to suck porridge through a straw! (Wonder why he didn't go to the dentist immediately? He was waiting for his appointment at the government dental clinic which only cost him RM5 per visit!!) FYI, a normal extraction in a private dental clinic would cost minimum RM300.

Finally when my friend met the dentist, the dentist pried open his mouth like opening a durian! My friend can always remember that horrible pain. He told me he had to bend over from the pain and desperately requested painkillers. The painkillers were so effective that when he was riding his bike home, he could not even feel the wind blowing on his skin.

When all this ordeal was over, he remembered to extract his other wisdom tooth before it grew into the other molar as it was in the same conditions. A lesson to everyone who has wisdom tooth growing: please go to the dentist to check if there are any complications before it's too late!

In a way, when I hear all those extraction and pain stories plus the exorbitant expenses, I don't care if I have no wisdom teeth or the wise label. At least I'm pain-free!! :p

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