Did you know that wisdom teeth are the last remaining adult teeth to emerge in your mouth? These can begin to erupt usually anytime around the age of 18, but can also remain dormant and may never appear. And for some people, they can grow in perfectly fine, adding four more molars to complete their adult teeth. However, wisdom teeth can also create some complications under the gumline. This can lead to infections and a slew of other health-related issues. In these cases, extracting the teeth is usually necessary. But, how can you tell when yours are emerging and whether they need to be removed? Here are the most common signs that your wisdom teeth are coming in and need to be inspected.
Tenderness And Swelling
One of the first signs that your wisdom teeth are coming in is when you experience any tenderness or discomfort around the back of your mouth. This can be on either side or just one. If you can imagine the sensation of adult teething, this would be an accurate idea of what you would feel. You may also notice swelling of the surrounding gums.
If your wisdom teeth do become trapped under the gums, this can lead to a build-up of pressure, which can trigger headaches. This can be a difficult sign to detect if you already suffer from frequent headaches. So always ensure you continue to attend your regular check-ups with your dentist so they can monitor the condition of your oral health.
Infection In The Gums
As wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they can often get lodged in awkward positions that cause a portion of the tooth to erupt. When this happens, it can leave the gums very susceptible to infections. Even with a miniscule opening, food can easily get lodged in there, making it very difficult to remove, even with thorough brushing and flossing. This can escalate into a potentially serious infection known as pericoronitis if not detected and corrected immediately. This is the most serious sign to look out for when your wisdoms are coming in, so always consult with your dentist as soon as possible.
Any of these signs are good indications that it’s time to schedule a check-up with the dentist. Ignoring them will only create serious potential health implications for you. So give us a call at Rockcliffe Dental to set up your next appointment. Our team of dentists will take proper care of you and your oral health.