Are you beginning to notice some sensitivity in the back of your gums? Wondering if your wisdom teeth might be to blame? Wisdom teeth are molars that grow during the earlier stage of human development. However, today, thanks to advanced oral care and hygiene, wisdom teeth are merely obsolete since our molars are all that are necessary. But when wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they can shift and impact the alignment of your teeth and jaw. That’s why getting them extracted is important.
Maintaining regular check ups with your dentist will help monitor the development of them, but in the mean-time, here are 5 signs that will tell you that you need wisdom tooth removal:
Sensitivity & Pain in the Back of Your Mouth
The first and most obvious sign that will highlight that you need your wisdom teeth removed is when you really begin to feel them. Whether it’s eating, brushing your teeth or doing nothing at all, if you begin to experience pain, sensitivity or a slight throbbing sensation, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them checked.
Inflammation Around the Gums
When your wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they can cause inflammation in the gums. This can be identified by slightly swollen, reddish areas along the gum line that feel sore to touch and even make it challenging to clean properly when brushing.
Cysts Develop in Your Mouth
After an extended period, if the wisdom teeth are ignored, cysts can begin to develop in your mouth. Cysts are sacs of fluid that can end up impacting and damaging the roots of neighbouring teeth.
Stiffness & Pain in Jaw
Stiffness and pain can also occur around the jaw area since wisdom teeth can start to shift the teeth and jaw line. Experiencing limitations with opening and moving your mouth and jaw can be an indicator of this as well.
Did you know that problems with your mouth and oral health can impact your sinuses? Sinus issues have shown to be often strongly linked to dental issues, including your wisdom teeth. If you experience congestion, pressure or pain with your sinuses, this can be a symptom that highlights the need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Although wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures, this often won’t emerge as a problem for many adults. But having them removed when signs such as the ones listed here, appear, is imperative to avoid impacting and damaging your teeth and jaw alignment.
If it’s time for wisdom tooth extraction, we can help. Contact our Ottawa dental clinic today to schedule your next appointment and find the relief you’ve been waiting for.