Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Damage To Your Healthy, Beautiful Smile
What are wisdom teeth? They’re a third set of molars far back in your mouth that generally come in when you’re between 17 and 25 years old. At one time, this must have been considered a sign of maturity and wisdom.
However, today many people have trouble with their wisdom teeth and are better off having them removed by a dentist. Often, there is simply not enough room in your mouth for another set of teeth. Or the teeth may not be growing in straight and may become impacted or unable to emerge.
It’s best to have wisdom teeth removed before you’re 19, because as you age your bones become harder and the teeth are more difficult to remove.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have impacted wisdom teeth:
- Swollen or tender gums in the back of your mouth
- Jaw pain, swelling, or stiffness
- Trouble opening your mouth
- Unexplained bad breath
Wisdom teeth can also impact the way other teeth in your mouth work. While coming in, those molars may shift other teeth or even damage them.
Even if your wisdom teeth come in the way they should, they are very hard to keep clean. This makes them susceptible to decay and bacterial infection. Food can get stuck between back teeth and be very hard to remove. You may also experience more gum swelling, inflammation, and be more likely to develop gingivitis.
As a result of these risks, many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth during the teen years even if there are no noticeable problems yet. It’s a way of preventing bigger issues down the road.
If you’re curious about your or your child’s wisdom teeth, we’d love to talk to you about it. We can do a consultation and review your teeth positioning and see how the wisdom teeth look. There’s no obligation. Don’t hesitate — make an appointment today!