What are wisdom teeth?
In humans, the wisdom teeth are the last four molars on either side of the lower jaw. They usually appear when a person is in their late teens or early twenties, depending on the individual.
Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
While not everyone requires the removal of their wisdom teeth, these late-growing molars do have the potential to cause serious dental health problems for a large number of people.
Wisdom teeth might erupt in the incorrect positions and become impacted, which means that they do not fully emerge from the gums. It is also possible that there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate the wisdom teeth, resulting in crowding and misalignment of the teeth in the surrounding area.
If your wisdom teeth are causing (or have the potential to cause) any of these types of problems in your mouth, your dentist will most likely recommend that you have them removed for the sake of your oral health.
4 Signs Your Wisdom Teeth May Need to Be Extracted
A problem with your wisdom teeth may manifest itself in the form of the following preliminary signs, which may indicate that you should schedule an appointment with your dentist for a checkup.
During the erupting process of your wisdom teeth, your gums may become swollen, red, and tender to the touch. If your wisdom teeth become infected during this process, you may need to have them extracted.
If you are experiencing unexplained sinus problems, they may be caused by erupting wisdom teeth. Sinus pain, pressure, and congestion can occur as a result of issues with the wisdom teeth.
If you've started experiencing discomfort while eating, it's possible that your wisdom teeth are to blame. In addition to jaw and tooth pain, it is possible for food to become stuck between the gums and the erupting teeth, resulting in infection and pain.
Jaw & Tooth Pain
Pain or discomfort in your jaw, as well as in your other teeth, may result from the pressure exerted by your wisdom teeth as they grow.
Even if you don't have any problems with your wisdom teeth, such as impaction or crowding, your dentist may still recommend that you have them removed. This is because they are located so far back in your mouth that it can be difficult to properly clean them, putting you at a higher risk for tooth decay.