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What You Need to Know about Wisdom Teeth

The thought of wisdom teeth may not even cross your mind – unless, of course, they are causing painful problems in your mouth. But not everyone gets painful problems from wisdom teeth. In fact, not everyone even develops their wisdom teeth at all. To get a better feel for how tricky wisdom teeth can be, the pros at Greenvale Dental Group shared some of the most common wisdom teeth questions.


What You Need to Know about Wisdom Teeth

Thursday, September 27, 2018

How do you know if wisdom teeth are coming in?

You certainly can’t go by age, as wisdom teeth can develop anywhere from age 16 to 64. You may be able to feel the top of your wisdom teeth emerging through the gums at the back of your mouth, or a dentist can tell you if they’re developing.

Other signs of wisdom teeth developing can include:

  • Crowding in the mouth
  • Issues with other teeth surrounding the developing wisdom tooth
  • Inflammation or infection of the gum covering the tooth
  • Pain, which may be caused by the wisdom teeth becoming impacted

What happens when wisdom teeth are impacted?

Impacted wisdom teeth are those unable to develop properly due to lack of space in the jaw. Severe pain usually results from impacted wisdom teeth, and the solution is to have the impacted teeth removed as soon as possible.

Do you have to have your wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth become impacted or otherwise cause issues, getting them removed is highly recommended. Because wisdom teeth can grow in a variety of positions, they can end up eventually causing issues to the surrounding teeth, even if no problems are apparent when they first begin to develop.

Wisdom teeth are also prone to decay, as they're located in hard-to-clean areas in the back corners of your mouth.

Symptoms that indicate you need your wisdom teeth removed can include:

  • Red and swollen gums or facial areas
  • Discomfort and pain
  • Overall feeling of being unwell
  • Stiffness in the jaw

If your wisdom teeth are correctly positioned in your mouth and aren’t causing any pain or other dental issues, you may choose to keep your wisdom teeth. You can always ask the folks at Greenvale Dental Group for suggestions and guidance if you’re not sure.

For help with wisdom teeth or other dental issues, make an appointment at Greenvale Dental Group today.