Despite their name, wisdom teeth do not make you wiser. They are a set of molars that grow in the back of the mouth, in your late teen years. Some people have one to four wisdom teeth growing, while others have none at all. While it is common to have them, it is also common for them to cause issues.
Although wisdom teeth do not cause issues for everyone, many people experience a variety of negative side effects when they start emerging, such as:
As previously mentioned, sometimes wisdom teeth do not cause any issues, so some people can choose not to remove them, even after consulting a specialist. Other times, it is more beneficial to extract them as the average mouth only has room for 32 teeth. If you experience any of the following, maybe it’s best to book a wisdom tooth extraction appointment with your Spartanburg dentist:
The gums at the back of the mouth are pressed on by the emerging teeth, so you may experience pain in the growing area. This can happen several times, with the pain coming and going in waves until it gets to the point where the pain is unbearable, affecting your daily life.
When they start growing, wisdom teeth begin exerting pressure on the other teeth in the mouth as they attempt to make space to erupt. This can cause issues with teeth alignment, affecting the bite, roots, and gums.
As the wisdom teeth start growing, bacteria can become trapped in the mouth. This happens because it is usually hard to clean them properly as there is no space in that area. Gums can get infected, and cavities can start developing.
Bone loss occurs when the tissue around the wisdom tooth grows into a cyst. It affects the roots of nearby teeth leaving space for bacteria to develop.
If you are experiencing any issues with your wisdom teeth, it's best to remove them and avoid future dental problems that can lead to more complicated conditions.
If you notice you’re experiencing pain, gum sensitivity, and discomfort, it's better to see a dentist and determine the correct treatment for you.
The dentist will evaluate your oral health and how your wisdom teeth may impact it.
If the dentist considers it necessary, you will get x-rays to make sure your other teeth have not been affected. They will also check for signs of infection, and determine the next steps.
If you need assistance with your wisdom teeth, including a general check-up, then you should get in touch with us at Skylyn Dental Associates. Dr. Paul Gibas can help you understand how to take better care of your oral health and what to do about your wisdom teeth.
Contact us today, and we will get back and help you book your consultation in Spartanburg.