The wisdom teeth are a natural part of our mouths. This third set of molars emerges a lot later than the others, usually between the ages of 17-25. Because of this, some people don’t have enough space for their wisdom teeth to erupt properly.
This can cause lots of complications like tooth infections, damage to the nearby teeth, and more. But how do you know if your wisdom teeth are growing into your mouth improperly? In this blog from Digital Dental Studio, we’ll look at the top 5 signs that your wisdom teeth need removal in Dedham.
One of the first signs you may notice is that your back teeth feel painful or uncomfortable. If your wisdom teeth aren’t growing into your mouth properly, they may be pushing against the nerves and structures of your other teeth. This can lead to pain, discomfort, and tenderness in the back of your mouth.
When the wisdom teeth don’t emerge properly, bacteria may begin to build up between the teeth and your gums. It can also be a lot harder to clean your rear teeth, since the wisdom teeth may be really close to the other molars.
This can lead to gum swelling, tenderness, and discoloration near your rear teeth. Eventually, this could even cause tooth decay or gingivitis. If you notice that your rear gums are reddish, dark, inflamed, or tender and sensitive, you should see a dentist right away.
Bacterial buildup near your wisdom teeth can also lead to bad breath (halitosis) that won’t go away, even if you brush and floss regularly. You may even have a foul taste in the back of your mouth if you have a serious infection. If you notice either of these signs, you need to see Dr. Anna Vishart right away.
Jaw stiffness is another common sign of improper wisdom tooth eruption. If your wisdom teeth don’t come out properly, your jaw may feel uncomfortable and stiff, and you may have trouble eating your favorite foods, or even opening or closing your jaw properly. This is another sign that you should see a dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis.
If your wisdom teeth are growing in sideways or there’s not enough room for them, they could push on your other teeth. This could ruin the alignment of your teeth, and change your bite and how your teeth fit together.
If you’ve noticed that your teeth feel a little different when you bite down or you notice obvious changes in the position of your teeth, you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
If you think that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed, Dr. Vishart is here to help. At Digital Dental Studio, we offer gentle wisdom teeth extractions in Dedham. At your consultation, Dr. Vishart will examine your mouth, assess your condition, and determine if extraction is the best option for your case. Contact us online or give us a call at 781-471-7934 to get the help you need.