Most people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed sooner or later. But how do you work out if you need to have your's removed and when you should have them removed. Some people experience a great deal of pain from their wisdom teeth and so they know that they need to be taken out. Other people do not have any symptoms or pain so do they need to get their wisdom teeth removed? In this blog we will discuss what signs and symptoms to keep and eye out for so that you will know as early as possible when to visit us to have your wisdom teeth looked at.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the 4 teeth found in the back corners of your mouth. They are the last adult teeth to appear (if they appear at all) and they arrive usually when you are between 17 and 21 years old. As they are the last teeth to arrive there is often not enough space for them. This lack of space can lead to wisdom teeth to come through at funny angles or not being able to come through completely. This lack of space causes all of the problems involved with wisdom teeth.
The most common problems people have with their Wisdom Teeth.
IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH When wisdom teeth are forced to come through at funny angles they can cause damage to other teeth by pushing on them or cause over crowding of the area. These wisdom teeth are impacted and are the most common ones which need to be removed. Often impacted wisdom teeth do not cause any pain at all but when they try to come into your mouth you will experience pain and swelling at the site for a few days and then it can settle down for weeks or months before happening again. This pain usually becomes more intense the longer you leave them untreated.
INFECTIONS Infections can develop around poorly fitting wisdom teeth and the surrounding gum gets red and inflamed. Food particles and bacteria can become trapped between the gum and the wisdom tooth causing an infection known as pericoronitis. In this circumstance it is very difficult to keep the teeth clean due to the location of the wisdom teeth and the crowding of the area.
OVER CROWDING Wisdom teeth can cause your other teeth to move due to over crowding. This can lead to your front teeth bunching together and ruining you otherwise great smile.
DAMAGE TO NEIGHBOURING MOLARS When impacted wisdom teeth come through at funny angles this can cause decay and pressure erosion to the back surface of the neighbouring molar. We try to remove wisdom teeth before this is a problem as the damage often caused by waiting too long results in both wisdom and molar teeth needing to be removed.
Signs and Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth problems
When any teeth come through there is some teething pain, this includes wisdom teeth, but when the pain continues or is associated with any of these other symptoms it is worth coming in to discuss with us. * Persistent Pain * Pain when you open your mouth * Repeated infection of the gum behind your molars *Cysts (Fluid filled sacs) * Bad Breath * Unpleasant Taste in your mouth * Headaches * Sore Jaw * Overcrowding of teeth
If you have any further questions regarding wisdom teeth or any other dental question please give us a call or send us a message, we would love to help.