Are You Wise to Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in your mouth and they come in behind your molars on the top and bottom. Because they are the last teeth to come in, sometimes there is not enough space for them. As a result, they may grow in crooked, grow under molars, or otherwise be misaligned. If they come in contact with molars as they grow, they can displace the molars, starting a chain reaction that may impact other teeth as well.
Prior to actually protruding through the gum tissue, many people experience pain associated with wisdom teeth. They may not even know they are getting wisdom teeth because they are not visible, but their gums may be irritated or the displacement of other teeth may cause pain that seems unexplainable.
Some people never experience any pain as their wisdom teeth come in, while others may find it excruciating. If you think you are getting wisdom teeth, check the gum tissue near the back of your mouth. It may become sensitive to touch or red as the teeth try to poke through the gum. If you feel a dull ache, you should contact your dentist. It may be because the wisdom teeth are coming in under your molars or are impacted. Teeth become impacted when they are inhibited by other teeth, or the jawbone. Most dentists recommend that wisdom teeth be pulled before they cause too much pain or displace other teeth. The longer you wait, the more damage wisdom teeth can cause, and the more pain may result.
If you suspect that you are getting wisdom teeth or you experience any pain or irritation, give us a call so we can help you with a plan of action.