Wisdom teeth are the set of third molars that grow in during early adulthood. Being that they did not grow in with the rest of the teeth, these molars can wreak havoc in individuals mouths. On the converse side, they may pose no threat to the teeth around them, at which point they can be left in. If you are trying to decide whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed, consider these five signs.
1. Pain and Discomfort in the Jaw
By early adulthood your teeth alignment is usually set. Therefore, when wisdom teeth grow in they tend to grow in blocked or misaligned ways. This puts pressure on the surrounding teeth and jawline, which can result in jaw and tooth pain, along with discomfort.
2. Swollen Gums
As the wisdom teeth create a path and place for themselves, they cause stress and tension in the mouth, which may result in redness and swelling in the gums. This can make normal chewing functions difficult.
3. A “Crowded” Feeling
The combination of the new molars trying to displace your teeth and the swelling in the mouth can make your mouth feel crowded, adding to the discomfort. It may also impact your speech.
4. Facial Swelling
Along with swelling in the jaw, individuals’ cheekbones may also become irritated and swollen. In some severe cases this can result in the appearance of “chipmunk cheeks.” Depending upon the area of the swelling, this may or may not be painful.
Some may be surprised to learn that when bacteria multiplies it creates waste, which can result in a foul odor. Wisdom teeth can cause gum flaps, which tend to trap food particles underneath and result in bacteria growth.
If you notice any or a few of these signs, it may be an indication that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. For quality care with your wisdom teeth in Vista, CA, contact our office today. Dr. Christopher Henninger and the rest of the team would love to assist you.