When Should I See a Dentist about my Wisdom Teeth?

Having your wisdom teeth come through is something that everyone dreads as wisdom teeth often become wedged-in or impacted. This is because your wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through, not coming through until the age of 17 to 21. Most people end up needing to get their wisdom teeth removed but how do you know when you need to visit the dentist? We have outlined the common warning signs for needing to see your dentist about getting your wisdom teeth removed.

Persistent Pain

One of the most obvious signs that your wisdom teeth need to be removed is pain and irritation, both at the sight of the tooth but also when opening and closing your mouth. Wisdom teeth are the teeth most likely to become impacted and this can be quite painful. This tends to be due to not having enough room in your jaw/mouth for them to emerge. When the wisdom teeth cannot emerge straight they can emerge through the jaw sideways, tilted or misaligned in your jaw. When the teeth come through incorrectly it can be painless and you may not even realise that the tooth is impacted.

Infection

This is because there is often a space left between the tooth and the gum when the tooth emerges incorrectly. This space is the perfect place for food and bacteria to gather which can lead to dangerous infection. The common signs of a tooth infection or gum disease are:

  • Tender and/or bleeding gums
  • Pain and swelling or the gum
  • Pus or fluids coming from the gum
  • Swollen jaw
  • Difficulty opening the mouth and swallowing
  • Fever

Stiffness in Your Jaw

When your wisdom teeth are coming in, they can push your teeth around your jaw. This can cause discomfort in your jaw so that it feels stiff and difficult to open. Red and swollen gums can cause the gum tissue to become inflamed and make it difficult to use your jaw.

Cysts and Cavities

If your wisdom teeth are ignored then cysts and cavities can accumulate, infecting the area nearby. As a result, the roots of your teeth nearby can be damaged. It can also lead to cavities and tooth decay. This is particularly relevant if the wisdom tooth encroaches on the neighbouring teeth. This can lead to new gaps and spaces being created between the teeth that cannot easily be cleaned by brushing your teeth. Which, in turn, can lead to either cysts or cavities.

Sinus Issues

When your wisdom teeth come through you may experience sinus pain, pressure or congestion in the upper jaw area. Your teeth growing in and the creation of its roots can push against your sinuses which are located right above and behind. Due to the pressure you may experience sinus pain and possible headaches. 

If you are worried about your wisdom teeth or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact us today to book in your wisdom teeth consultation.

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