Most people are going to feel their wisdom teeth begin to come in between the ages of 17 and 25.
This third set of molars (called your wisdom teeth because they emerge later in life) can wreak all kinds of havoc on your smile, pushing your adult teeth around, shifting your existing teeth, and causing a world of hurt along the way.
Because you already have two sets of molars in the back of your mouth (used for grinding food up before you swallow) you just don’t need the third.
To help you determine whether or not you are dealing with wisdom teeth that will cause you problems we’ve put together this quick guide.
Tell-Tale Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In
Some people are going to be lucky enough that their wisdom teeth emerge without any pain, pressure, or problems whatsoever. Unfortunately, for the overwhelming majority of people – 85% or so – severe issues are going to be caused by these molars trying to force their way into your smile.
Oftentimes these problems are so significant that you need to help from oral surgeons like the ones at Novato Oral Surgery to help you remove these molars, alleviate the pressure, eliminate the pain, and help you rebuild your smile all at the same time.
In most circumstances, molars and wisdom teeth are going to be detected during a traditional examination. Dental x-rays can help if the dentist or dental hygienist isn’t sure if your wisdom teeth are coming in. For the most part, everything is simple and straightforward.
If, on the other hand, you are starting to feel like your wisdom teeth are coming in between your dental checkups you might have started to experience symptoms that include:
- An acute pressure sensation building up at the backend of your jaw
- Swelling of your gums, with potentially cuts or breaks in them
- Serious headaches that seem to come completely out of nowhere
- Jaw pain and difficulty talking as well as chewing
Some people also find that brushing their teeth or flossing (particularly their molars in the back of their mouth) alleviates many of these symptoms, a surefire sign that your wisdom teeth are trying to pop through.
Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
In almost every scenario where wisdom teeth show up after your adult smile has “cemented” into position you’ll want to remove them ASAP.
For starters, there’s just no room for these extra teeth in your smile. Wisdom teeth will push their way through, no matter what and shift your existing teeth all out of whack. This isn’t just going to mess up your smile, but it’s also going to impact the way you talk, the way you eat and cause quite a bit of pain on an almost constant basis.
Secondly, you run the risk of dealing with impacted wisdom teeth. This is a situation that occurs when your wisdom teeth are basically “stuck” in your jaw. They aren’t going to continue to make their way into your smile, but they aren’t going to retract, either – and that’s going to be a real dental emergency if left unchecked.
The risk of infection and abscesses, in particular, skyrockets if you’re dealing with impacted wisdom teeth.
Thankfully, with the help of an expert oral surgeon, here at Novato Oral Surgery, that knows exactly how to remove wisdom teeth the process is simple and straightforward. It’s also nearly painless!
Contact us here at Novato Oral Surgery for more information and to schedule an initial appointment and consultation with our experts today.