Wisdom teeth are a leftover result of evolutionary changes. The problem is, however, that the average human mouth doesn’t have room for wisdom teeth to grow.
If you’re concerned about your oral health and the appearance of wisdom teeth symptoms, check for these signs that you need wisdom teeth removed.
Oral Aches and Pains
When wisdom teeth begin to grow, you’ll likely begin to experience some notable pain and discomfort. In some cases, pain will subside, and wisdom teeth can grow safely. In other cases, the pain can become debilitating, leaving extraction as the best option.
Dentists and oral surgeons can take x-rays of your mouth to assist with wisdom teeth management. They’ll assess to what degree the wisdom teeth are affecting your mouth and decide whether wisdom teeth extractions are necessary.
Your Wisdom Teeth Are Impacted
This is the previously described situation where pain can potentially become overwhelming. Having impacted wisdom teeth essentially means that there is not enough room for your wisdom teeth to emerge from the gums. As a result, you’ll experience bleeding gums, jaw pain, and difficulty chewing. In some unusual cases, you may not experience any symptoms at all.
Fortunately, dentists know that wisdom teeth begin to form between the ages of 17 and 21 and will begin checking then. Visiting your dentist regularly can potentially spare you a lot of pain, and at most you’ll have to deal with some outpatient oral surgery to have them removed.
Your Teeth Are Crooked or Damaged
In the event that wisdom teeth emerge and overcrowd the mouth, they’re going to push other teeth to make room. This results in crooked or damaged teeth as they struggle to fit together. There simply isn’t enough room for another set of molars, and you’re probably better off getting them removed.
Sinus Issues or Infections
Ear, nose, and oral health are all closely intertwined. The pressure of new teeth growing in the mouth can put undue pressure on the sinuses as they develop roots. You may begin to experience pain in the sinuses, unexpected congestion, or headaches. This is not incredibly common, but still may be something to look out for.
Cavities, Gum Inflammation, and Cysts
The overcrowding of teeth can create a potential host of health issues. It’s very easy for gums to pick up bacteria after wisdom teeth emerge. This infection is called Pericoronitis and can be treated with antibiotics. However, if the core issue is not addressed, then infection can easily start up again.
Crowded, crooked teeth can also make it more difficult to clean your teeth. This quickly leads to cavities, gum disease, or even tooth loss. More severe issues can appear by way of cysts, fluid-filled sacs that can destroy teeth and roots.
Wisdom Teeth Consultations with Stuart Curry Dentistry
Stuart Curry Dentistry provides a full array of preventive dentistry services to help you avoid problems with wisdom teeth. We’ll check teenagers and young adults regularly for signs of potential issues and make recommendations for treatment accordingly.
Wisdom tooth removal is an outpatient, surgical procedure that sees patients recover quickly with rest and medication. It can help avoid numerous potential health problems and keep your smile lasting longer.