Wisdom teeth are a bit of a mystery to many dental patients. These now-obsolete teeth were once probably vital for humans to have; now they just tend to be a nuisance. When wisdom teeth begin to come in—generally in a patient’s late teens or early twenties—they may be asymptomatic. However, for many people, this third set of molars creates a number of dental problems as time goes on. Keep reading to learn more from our Tinley Park wisdom tooth dentists.
One of the first symptoms you may notice is a feeling of tightness or sensitivity in the back of your smile. Most people do not have enough room along the jawlines to accommodate wisdom teeth, so as the wisdom teeth attempt to emerge, they create pain and tightness.
If your wisdom teeth are not able to erupt normally, they may come in at odd angles, or become compacted in the jawbone. These are very common occurrences with wisdom teeth, and partially erupted and compacted wisdom teeth can lead to further issues.
Many wisdom teeth patients develop hard-to-treat bad breath precisely because bacteria colonize in the hard-to-reach crevices that are created as wisdom teeth come in. Partially erupted wisdom teeth create vulnerabilities in the gum tissue: putting the patient at risk of developing periodontal disease as well as cavities.
Over time, you may start to notice that your existing smile starts to shift and change. Emerging wisdom teeth can actually put pressure on adjacent teeth and lead to crowding.
Prompt wisdom tooth removal can help you avoid these unwanted wisdom tooth side effects. When our dental team extracts your wisdom teeth we are able to free up space in your mouth, and minimize your risk of developing an infection around your third molars.
The extraction process differs depending on the state of your wisdom teeth. If your teeth have emerged, we may be able to pull them as we pull any other tooth. Compounded teeth, on the other hand, are removed surgically. When you come in for an assessment, our team will be able to give you a better idea of what kind of treatment you may need.
The easiest way to get started is to schedule a consultation with our Orland Park wisdom teeth dentists. We look forward to speaking with you!