Most of the time, when people talk about wisdom teeth, they’re talking about impacted wisdom teeth; these are the wisdom teeth that need to be removed. Though it’s somewhat uncommon, wisdom teeth can grow in without any problems at all. Wisdom teeth that are growing in properly show a lot of the hallmarks of any new teeth. You might feel a bit of discomfort in the area, and you’ll soon feel your tooth literally growing into place.
For impacted wisdom teeth, the symptoms can vary significantly. Generally, wisdom teeth begin to emerge around the age of 17; in most cases, they’ve grown completely by the age of 25. These are the years in which your dentist will be most focused on monitoring your wisdom teeth. Whether or not impacted teeth will be removed varies depending on patient health and other individual factors.
A lot of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth mirror the symptoms of other common oral health problems. You might experience tender or swollen gums. Your gums may also grow red near the impacted tooth, and they may begin to bleed. You might experience bad breath and pain in the jaw and gums. The degree of discomfort caused by these symptoms is definitely one of the factors dentists consider when deciding whether or not it’s advisable to remove the impacted tooth.
There are a number of other problems that can develop when a wisdom tooth is impacted; the impacted tooth can cause damage to adjacent teeth. The area around wisdom teeth is also particularly prone to getting infected, especially if the tooth is partially erupted. The location of wisdom teeth can also cause problems. They’re at the back of the mouth; many people have trouble properly brushing and flossing around wisdom teeth. This can lead to cavities forming very quickly on wisdom teeth that have partially or fully erupted. Toothaches and other symptoms common with cavities might be experienced. When a wisdom tooth has cavities that can’t be repaired, it will often be removed.
Patients who are experiencing significant discomfort or pain near the area where wisdom teeth grow in should visit us here at Markham Dental Centre. Wisdom teeth become harder to remove as you get older. While that doesn’t necessarily mean you should get them out when you’re young. It does mean that if your wisdom teeth are making you uncomfortable, it’s time for a conversation with your dentist. Routine wisdom tooth removal (the removal of teeth with no symptoms) is performed less frequently than it used to be. In other words, if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing you any problems, you probably don’t need to worry about them – even if they are impacted.
Regardless of whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, and regardless of whether or not you have symptoms, you should be visiting your dentist at least once a year. If you have wisdom teeth, talk to us about them; we can go into much greater depth about symptoms and the best course of action when we have a better understanding of your personal oral health.