An oral health blog post from our Capitol Hill, WA, dental team
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that, for most people, develop in their late teens or early twenties. For some, wisdom teeth aren’t a problem: They develop normally and are accommodated by ample room in the mouth. For most, however, wisdom teeth development can lead to a number of unwanted symptoms and oral health concerns. This occurs due to a common phenomenon called wisdom tooth impaction, whereby wisdom teeth become “impacted” and do not erupt properly. This can lead to symptoms of pain and can cause a number of structural concerns for surrounding teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can occur in several different ways — each of which necessitate wisdom teeth removal . In this guide, our dental professionals here at Zen Dental Center outline the signs and symptoms that suggest it may be time to your have wisdom teeth removed. Read on to learn more, and contact our Capitol Hill, WA, dental team at (206) 324-1100 today!
Do you need your wisdom teeth removed? Look for these signs
Wondering whether you need your wisdom teeth removed? The best way to find out is to schedule an appointment for X-ray imaging with your dentist. Unfortunately, even impacted wisdom teeth do not manifest signs and symptoms until very late in their development, which is why scheduling X-rays with your dental care provider can help you identify the problem and set up a date for removal before things get worse. In the event you are experiencing symptoms and believe they may be due to impacted wisdom teeth, here’s what to look out for:
- Jaw pain and stiffness: These symptoms can indicate improper eruption early on and should be followed up with X-ray imaging to determine whether impacted wisdom teeth are the culprits.
- Pain at the tooth site: If you’re experiencing pain around the area of your wisdom teeth (even if you can’t see wisdom teeth themselves), this is likely an indication that your wisdom teeth are impacted.
- Swelling in the gum tissue: Feeling like you’re teething again? Noticing swelling around your gums? Your wisdom teeth may be trying to erupt. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine whether removal is the right course of action.
- Evidence of gum disease at the back of the mouth: In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to gum infection. If you or your dentist notices evidence of gum disease in the back of your mouth, it may be time to schedule imaging to find out in impacted wisdom teeth are to blame.
To schedule imaging and/or removal surgery, call (206) 324-1100 today!