Wisdom teeth are known to be problematic, therefore they are regularly removed. If you are reading this, there is a chance that you, or someone you know, may need to have them removed. Knowing the potential problems wisdom teeth cause, will help you stay vigilant as they develop and erupt.
Depending on age and dental history, we monitor wisdom teeth development as a preventative measure at Columbia Smiles. If you, or someone you know, are showing signs of erupting wisdom teeth, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
When Can You Expect Wisdom Teeth to Come In?
For most people, wisdom teeth come in or erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, although it can happen earlier or later. These teeth are present years before they erupt, starting to form even at age seven. Wisdom teeth typically appear earlier for men than for women, with the upper molars generally erupting first.
Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In
Wondering if your wisdom teeth are coming in? It’s not always obvious when your wisdom teeth start to erupt, but you may notice some of the following signs:
- Pain or pressure near your back molars
- Swelling in the gums
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Persistent bad breath
At times, wisdom teeth may become impacted, meaning they either can’t develop fully or can’t emerge completely. These teeth are at risk of infection, which can necessitate wisdom teeth removal.
Do You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. The majority of those who have their wisdom teeth removed have this done soon after their wisdom teeth come in. Wisdom teeth are problematic as they come in only partially, never erupt, or crowd other teeth as they come in. Infections, pain, and other complications often make this procedure necessary.
Not sure whether you’ll need your wisdom teeth removed? There are a few things that can serve as early warnings signs:
- Pain or stiffness in your jaw
- Partial eruption
- Wisdom teeth that have come in crooked or sideways
- It’s difficult to floss near your wisdom teeth
- Other teeth have started to shift to accommodate your wisdom teeth
- Swollen and tender gums
- Sinus pain or pressure
A visit to your dentist is the best way to know if you’ll need your wisdom teeth removed. Through an X-ray, they’ll be able to tell what’s going on under the surface and whether your teeth are impacted or coming in incorrectly. Regular appointments with your dentist can ensure that they spot any potential problems before they turn into major complications.
Wisdom Teeth Removal at Columbia Smiles
At Columbia Smiles, we monitor wisdom teeth development as one of our dental services. If we find that you need wisdom teeth removal, we’ll refer you to a local oral surgeon. During wisdom teeth removal, your surgeon will first cut a small incision in your gum to reach the tooth. Then, they’ll clean away any debris and pack the wound with gauze. Some pain, bleeding, or swelling is typical after this procedure but can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers. Eating soft foods and avoiding strenuous activity will help you heal quickly.
If your wisdom teeth are coming in, make an appointment at Columbia Smiles. We’ll give you an honest assessment about whether or not you need wisdom teeth removal. And we’ll keep your teeth and gums healthy with our hygiene services as well. Contact us at 410.690.4855 or reach out online today to learn more.