Monitor 6 First Signs of Wisdom Teeth Coming In

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last set of adult teeth that grow at the back of the mouth. Some people have all four, some have fewer, and some don’t have any at all. Sometimes, they come in straight and healthy, but other times, they grow in at weird angles.

These weird angles indicate some telltale first signs of wisdom teeth coming in. Impacted wisdom teeth are the most common type of troublemakers, which are surgically removed.

If your wisdom teeth are growing in the right way, you shouldn’t feel much pain or discomfort in the back of your mouth. But if you do, it might mean they’re not growing correctly, or they are infected, and you should get them removed as soon as possible.

How Do You Know If Wisdom Teeth Are Coming in?

When wisdom teeth erupt, they force their way out through the gum line. As a result, your jaw and back of the mouth hurts while making room for them. The following are the common indicators:

1. Jaw Pain and Discomfort

When wisdom teeth grow in the wrong way, they push on nearby teeth, jaw, and sinuses, causing chronic headaches and discomfort. This leads to pain and stiffness, especially when the teeth press on nerves and bone.

2. Red and Swollen Gums

Wisdom teeth can make your gums red, tender, and swollen, making it hard to chew. If your gums are irritated, it’s a sign you need to see your dentist for cleaning and take extra care to brush and floss around the area.

3. Crowded Feeling in the Mouth

As wisdom teeth grow, they push on nearby teeth, trying to move them, which swells gums and jaw muscles, making your mouth feel crowded. This can also make your tongue swollen and make eating or speaking difficult.

4. Facial Swelling

Pain and pressure from wisdom teeth can make your jaw swell, and sometimes, it’s visible in your cheeks and other areas, with or without pain.

5. Bad Breath

When wisdom teeth come in, they create hard-to-reach areas in your mouth where bacteria can quickly build up, leading to a bad taste or bad breath.

6. Difficulty Opening Your Mouth or Eating

A stiff jaw from wisdom teeth can make it hard to eat. You might accidentally bite your tongue or cheek because the wisdom teeth have moved other teeth out of place. Or it might just hurt too much to eat.

When Do Wisdom Teeth Require Extraction?

Wisdom teeth are the last of your 32 teeth to come through your gums. If they grow in the right place and fit well with your other teeth, they usually don’t cause any problems, so you don’t need to take them out.

But often, wisdom teeth start to grow in the wrong direction. If there’s not enough room, they can get stuck under your gums and push on your other teeth. This can lead to cysts or tumors that damage your jaw bone and cause tooth decay if you don’t treat them.

Sometimes, a wisdom tooth only comes in partway, making it hard to keep clean. Bacteria can get into your gums and cause an infection, which can make your mouth stiff, painful, and swollen and give you bad breath. That’s why such wisdom teeth require nothing but immediate extraction.

Dentist’s Note

People can often mistake the first signs of wisdom teeth coming in with usual tooth pain. You can tell if they are erupting correctly or necessitate surgical extraction.

Visit Dr. Kapadia at Vintage Smile Family Dentistry. Our dentist always stays up-to-date with the current trends in dentistry to provide his patients with the level of care they deserve. Dial (281) 251-7770 to schedule a visit.

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