Did you know that some people are born with more than four wisdom teeth, or that others never develop one or more of their wisdom teeth? However, most people are born with four wisdom teeth and nearly 85% of these wisdom teeth eventually need to be extracted. To help you identify the signs of problematic wisdom teeth, we are happy to list three signs of trouble.
- Pain can often be the first indicator that something is wrong—and it could be the first sign that it’s time to have a wisdom tooth removed. Because your wisdom teeth are larger than your other teeth, it could be an unpleasant experience. It can be even more painful if your wisdom teeth are growing under your other teeth. If you try over-the-counter medications and they don’t work, please contact your dentist.
- When teeth come through gums, they can leave a small space where food can lodge. If this happens, you will have more bacteria in your mouth, which could lead to an infection. These spaces can even occur of the tooth is impacted. Also, the food inside the area could be difficult to adequately clean. If you have several consecutive infections, you may need to remove your wisdom teeth.
- When your wisdom teeth grow under your other teeth, it may cause your teeth to shift. This can lead to pressure in your mouth and cause damage to your other teeth. If this is the case, the eruption of your wisdom tooth could shift the rest of your team. In fact, if this situation is left untreated, any dental work you’ve had could be undone.
We invite you to contact us soon if you are interested in learning more about why wisdom teeth are removed. We are anxious to hear from you soon.