It’s safe to say that for most people, two sets of molars are plenty to fulfill everyday chewing needs. Curiously, between our teenage and young adult years, a third set of molars – also called wisdom teeth – pushes through our gums to join the rest of the gang. Sometimes, wisdom teeth grow in properly and don’t clash with existing teeth. But plenty of things that can only be fixed by a qualified oral surgeon can go wrong. Wisdom teeth have been known to push against other teeth, and grow in crooked or halfway. But wisdom teeth can create and even weirder situation. The Mayco Clinic notes that it’s not unheard of for wisdom teeth to grow in sideways.
Some people decide to have their wisdom teeth removed before any problems occur, just to be safe. But if you’re looking for some definite signs that your third set of molars have got to go, here are some of the biggest red flags.
Ongoing Pain in the Back of Your Mouth
Especially if you fall into the age bracket for wisdom teeth development, if your mouth is constantly bothering you, definitely check with your dentist or oral surgeon to see if wisdom teeth are the source of your discomfort. It’s possible that your new superfluous molars could be impacted, which means they’re only able to partially grow in. The tops of the teeth will be stuck in the same position, while the new roots will continue crawling into your mouth. Crest notes that the longer you drag your feet on getting the problem solved, the worse it’s bound to get over time.
This result of bad wisdom teeth described by Crest sounds particularly unpleasant. Apparently, a malfunctioning wisdom tooth can lead to the development of an adjacent sack of fluid. Anyone who’s ever had a cyst anywhere on their body will tell you that it’s something you definitely don’t want forming inside your mouth.
If you’re noticing the back of your gums are becoming red and puffy, you should absolutely have a dental professional look into it. The swelling could be the result of an infection. What happens is when wisdom teeth incorrectly grow into the mouth, it may create an area for bacteria to fester, thereby infecting your gums.
Jessen Oral Surgery has a team of experts that have been safely removing wisdom teeth for decades. Call today if you want a consultation on the status of your third molars.