Though not everyone is going to have to worry about their third set of molars emerging, wisdom teeth pushing through and shifting your smile is a relatively common occurrence that impacts millions of people each year.
Wisdom teeth usually start to show themselves between the ages of 17 and 25. Those molars are called wisdom teeth because they show up a later in life. Your first and second set of molars usually establish themselves much earlier, with your first set rolling in around the time you turn six years old and your second “adult” set establishing themselves around 12.
Your molars are the teeth you use in the back of your mouth to chew and are some of the largest teeth in your smile. You certainly don’t need an extra set popping in and wreaking havoc on your smile and your dental health.
Here are just a couple of things you want to be on the lookout for to know if your wisdom teeth are starting to arrive.
Signs and Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Emerging
The first sure fire sign that your wisdom teeth are starting to pop in is if you begin to feel a buildup of persistent pressure at the back of your jaw.
Sometimes this extra pressure manifests itself as a constant pressure feeling, other times it sort of throbs with a real ebb and flow, and other times it’s going to pop up seemingly out of nowhere and then disappear just as mysteriously.
Another symptom that your wisdom teeth are starting to pop through is if your gums have started to swell up with no real reason. If you’re starting to see cuts or cracks in your gums (especially if they start to bleed) and if you start to deal with constant headaches or earaches that have no real discernible cause, either.
Jaw pain is always a sure fire sign of wisdom teeth starting to emerge, as well.
Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Though it is certainly possible to live life with wisdom teeth, the truth of the matter is you’re not only going to have to worry about shifting teeth positions, when you’re dealing with wisdom teeth that are poking through, but you’re also going to have to deal with pain that isn’t going to let up.
On top of that, your smile is going to be more difficult to take care of. Food is going to get lodged into spaces that wouldn’t have been there if your wisdom teeth weren’t emerging and trying to clean them is going to be a real chore on a day-to-day basis.
You also run the risk of your wisdom teeth becoming impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are never a joy to deal with, not only because they are painful but also because there’s a real risk of these teeth becoming infected or establishing abscesses in your mouth or other dental issues that would need to be addressed on top of the wisdom teeth themselves.
Thankfully, the experts at Vallejo Oral Surgery can help you not only properly diagnose whether or not your wisdom teeth are coming in but can also help you remove them, too. Contact our office for more details.