Depending on your age, you may or may not have had your wisdom teeth removed. When you go to the dentist for your regular cleaning, your dentist will normally inform you about the status of your wisdom teeth, and whether or not it’s time to get them removed. Not everyone will need to get their wisdom teeth extracted, but many people do as they can become impacted, or don’t have enough room to emerge normally. Below are some of the tell tale signs your wisdom teeth could be impacted and you need them removed.
It’s important to note that some of these symptoms are also those of entirely different dental issues. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s paramount that you schedule an appointment with your dental professional, as ignoring dental concerns can be costly for both your health and wallet.
Pain in the Back of Your Mouth
One of the most common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth is experiencing pain in the back of your mouth. This pain can be sporadic, and only occur every once in a while, or it can become persistent. Either the case, back of the mouth pain is cause for concern, and should urge you to see your dental professional.
Swollen or Tender Gums
As wisdom teeth begin to grow in, they can cause a flap of gum tissue to form on the top or sides of the gum around the incoming tooth. This flap can easily trap small food particles and bacteria, which can lead to infections. As this occurs, it will cause your gums to become swollen and sensitive. Bleeding gums can also be a sign of your wisdom teeth attempting to come in.
Earaches or Headaches
It’s often thought that wisdom teeth only cause pain in the mouth, but they can also cause discomfort in areas like the ears or head. Since pain in your mouth or jaw can radiate, wisdom teeth that are coming in can cause ear aches or headaches.
Stiffness or Pain in the Jaw
When wisdom teeth emerge improperly, they can change your bite. This can be painful and result in stiffness that makes it difficult to open and close your jaw. This is one of the more important concerns to look for as your mouth being improperly aligned can lead to serious issues.
Overcrowded or Crooked Teeth
Similar to wisdom teeth affecting your bite, they can also shift your other teeth if there’s not enough room in the mouth for them. When the mouth is overcrowded, your teeth can begin to move and become crooked, and is a major sign that the wisdom teeth must be removed.
This is another example of why it’s important to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice your wisdom teeth coming in. if it gets to the point where your teeth have begun to shift, you may have to get a form of braces to correct this.
As mentioned above, wisdom teeth can cause particles of food to become stuck in the back of your mouth. This can cause pain or discomfort when eating, in addition to the pain brought on by them trying to emerge. Temperature sensitivity can also be a sign that your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions at JawFixers
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with a dental professional to get your wisdom teeth removed. Here at JawFixers, we do everything possible to offer highly trained and technologically advanced techniques to diagnose and treat these issues quickly and comfortably. Or oral surgeons not only have over 50 years of combined experience offering numerous oral surgical procedures, but have extracted thousands of wisdom teeth in and around Manchester and West Hartford, CT.
We also offer sedation options like nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and opioid-free pain management for your comfort. A routine and highly common procedure at our practice, we take pride in making wisdom teeth extractions personalized to your specific needs and specific situation.