It's normal to feel some discomfort when your wisdom teeth are erupting. It's also normal to not feel anything and not even be aware that you are getting your third set of molars. But more often than not, wisdom teeth are not just painful; they can also affect the alignment of the rest of your teeth.
If that's the case, then it's better to have them removed before they create too much trouble.
So how can you tell you need to extract your wisdom teeth? Here are some telling signs.
If wisdom teeth do not erupt properly, they can affect the existing teeth in various ways:
Here are the most common signs that will indicate your wisdom teeth need to be removed:
Pain at the back of your mouth or sensitivity and discomfort are signs that you need to visit your dentist and have your wisdom teeth checked.
If the gums at the back of your mouth are getting swollen and bleeding, it might mean that your wisdom teeth are starting to grow. A dental check-up is needed to make sure they erupt correctly.
Cysts are sacs filled with fluid that affect your teeth and gums. They might be an indication that it may be time to remove your wisdom teeth. Cysts usually form if you ignore the signs of wisdom tooth eruption for too long and don't take the appropriate steps to handle the situation.
Wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort not only in your mouth but also in other areas such as your head and ears. If the pain has extended to other areas, consider it a sign to get your wisdom teeth removed.
With the growth of wisdom teeth, you might also start feeling pressure in the sinus area. That happens because the roots of the wisdom tooth grow into the upper jaw. Symptoms of congestion, pressure, or headache can indicate that your wisdom teeth are impacting your health.
You might feel stiffness in your jawbone when the wisdom teeth are erupting. If they don't grow properly and push the neighboring teeth out of their position, this can lead to misalignments and improper bite. An improper bite can further accentuate jaw pain.
When wisdom teeth don't have enough space to erupt and grow properly, they push the other teeth away. This may cause your teeth to shift position and become misaligned. Teeth misalignment can lead to other oral health problems, such as cavities, wear and tear, malocclusion, and so on.
Are your wisdom teeth bothering you? Come visit us at Precision Dental in Bowling Green. Our mission is to help all of our patients get not just a gorgeous smile but a healthy one too.
Get in touch with us and schedule an appointment with Bryan Packard, DMD.