Our Orland Park dentists have found that many adult dental patients don’t necessarily understand the ways in which wisdom teeth can become problematic. That is why today we are providing an overview of various wisdom-tooth-related-problems that may occur if your wisdom teeth are not extracted in a timely manner.
Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars on both sides of your top and bottom jaws. Wisdom teeth almost always emerge later than the patient’s other teeth—you will likely find that your wisdom teeth start to emerge in your late teens or early/mid-twenties.
Here are some of the symptoms that you may experience as your wisdom teeth start to come in:
· Soreness or pain in the back of your jaw
· A feeling of “tightness” along your gum or jawline
· Hard to treat bad breath
Because most people do not have sufficient room along their jawlines for their wisdom teeth emerge, you may find that your wisdom teeth:
· Start to come in at odd angles—this can put pressure on your existing smile and cause your teeth to become crowded or crooked
· Only break through your gum tissue partially—this can leave your wisdom teeth, and the surrounding oral tissues, prone to infections and decay
· Are completely impacted, which means they are stuck in your bone tissue
In order to avoid these issues, it is critical that you have your wisdom teeth removed at the appropriate time. So, if your dentist recommends that you have your wisdom teeth extracted, please take this suggestion seriously—it could make a huge difference for your oral health in years to come!
As always, our Tinley Park dentists are happy to give you any additional information about wisdom tooth treatment that you may need. Give our office a call to speak to a member of our helpful team!