wisdom teethGetting wisdom teeth removed is a rite of passage into adulthood that many teenagers would rather skip. Skipping a wisdom tooth removal may not be a problem today, but you could set yourself up for a world of pain in the future if you don’t regularly see a dentist.

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars in your mouth. They are notoriously late to the teeth party as you don’t get them until your late teens and early twenties. They are normally removed during that time period because the roots are not as developed, and there are fewer complications that can occur.

Wisdom teeth can grow incorrectly on occasion, which allows them to serve their purpose in helping you chew. Not seeing a dentist or oral surgeon to monitor their growth, however, can lead to a bunch of issues.

Problems that Lead to Wisdom Teeth Removal

Problems occur when there isn’t enough space in your mouth for the wisdom teeth to properly come in. The most common issue that can occur is when the wisdom teeth become impacted. When there isn’t enough space or the wisdom tooth is coming in crooked, the tooth could be trapped in your jaw or under your gums. This is an impacted tooth.

To ensure that your wisdom teeth are growing in correctly, your dentist and oral surgeon will monitor your mouth for several hazardous signs.

  • A wisdom tooth that becomes trapped can allow food to penetrate. This often leads to bacteria growth when unmonitored and cavities.
  • It’s possible that a cyst may form around a wisdom tooth that is impacted. When a cyst forms, there can be damage to the roots of nearby teeth or destruction of the bone that supports the teeth.
  • A wisdom tooth that has partially broken the gum surface but is stuck can be a breeding ground for bacteria and infections.
  • When there isn’t enough room, your healthy teeth may be affected.

Common Wisdom Teeth Pain Symptoms

Only your dentist and oral surgeon know when a wisdom tooth removal should take place. To know when to contact your oral surgeon and make an appointment, there are certain signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for.

If you are experiencing any pain in your mouth, the best option is to always contact your dentist. Other signs to watch out for are sinus problems that are abnormal and swelling in the gums. Symptoms that can occur include infections, gum disease, cysts, and damage to the nerves in your mouth. Ignoring any of these issues can lead to alignment issues and even jaw damage.

For more information about wisdom teeth, contact us and we will be happy to refer you to an oral surgeon who is right for you.