Wisdom teeth are the third molars and the final set of the molars to develop. They are typically located in the very back of your mouth. In most instances, wisdom teeth do not have sufficient room to develop accurately and might affect the alignment of individual teeth, enhance tooth decay, cause persistent pain, and attract bacteria.

While it might be true that some individuals can hold on to their wisdom teeth for their entire lives without any challenges, the majority of people will need to have them removed. Your dentist will decide when you need to have your wisdom teeth removed by examining X-rays to see whether they may create issues or are in danger of decay. However, you may encounter certain signs that urge you to act between checkups.

1. Excessive pain

The most obvious indication that you might need to remove your wisdom teeth is a pain in the back of your mouth. Pain is not something that should be ignored. If your wisdom teeth are arching, consult your dentist about checking their position. 

Generally, you may experience pain when you are eating, brushing, or the whole day, whatever that case, the best course of action is to schedule an appointment for a dental examination to find out what’s wrong.

The longer you wait to treat wisdom teeth, the worse the discomfort usually gets if they grow sideways or out of alignment.

2. Inability to clean properly

Wisdom teeth that are impacted make cleaning them more challenging. Even though it may not seem like a big deal at first, that tooth will eventually cause problems since it creates a chance for infections and tooth decay. When a tooth is interfering with the ability to clean nearby teeth, many dentists will also advise removal.

Your wisdom teeth may bump up against your other teeth when they erupt and cause them to shift. Your jaw may then become uncomfortable, and as a result, you should see your dentist right away if the tooth is stiff and painful.

3. Tender Gums

You may have sensitive gums in the vicinity when your wisdom teeth erupt. Bacteria can infect the surrounding gum tissue as the wisdom teeth grow. Once your wisdom teeth have broken through your gums, they can also be difficult to clean, and food particles stuck close to the sensitive area can worsen the issue. At this point, removing the tooth may be the best solution to reduce inflammation.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, book an appointment with Dr. Thomas Eaton immediately. Thomas Eaton, DDS, a family, and general dentist, has been actively involved in the research and practice of dentistry for three decades and has achieved a number of successes in the process. The facility offers all preventative, corrective, and aesthetic dentistry services to patients.