Wisdom teeth usually form after permanent teeth, leaving little space in the mouth for them. This can cause the wisdom teeth to be impacted in the gum tissue and bone. When this happens, bacteria traps develop causing infections. Wisdom teeth also have the potential of causing bone loss in the area and damage the molars.

An important consideration for extracting wisdom teeth is how they are developing in the first place. Removing them early on – before the roots have been able to form, results in lower complications and speeds recovery.

There is no set age to remove wisdom teeth, each patient needs to be evaluated individually at their regular dental check-ups. This article will examine the signs you should be aware of when considering wisdom teeth extraction.

PAIN OR SENSITIVITY

When wisdom teeth start growing, you’ll often feel some sensitivity in the back of your mouth. Cold or hot drinks might set it off. A general discomfort may begin to set in that you feel consistently throughout the day. Certain foods or brushing your teeth may trigger more pain. If you are feeling pain in this area, the dentist will probably want to see an x-ray to confirm the presence of wisdom teeth and where they are in their formation.

DIFFICULTY EATING

Pain may not show up right away when wisdom teeth start growing. Instead, you could feel slight awkwardness in your mouth, especially while eating. Food might be getting stuck more between your teeth or under your gums. You may even become frustrated when brushing doesn’t completely help. This discomfort or uneasiness while eating is a good sign that there’s movement under your gums as your wisdom teeth start developing.

SINUS ISSUES

Problems with your teeth or oral cavity (lips, cheeks gums, etc) can affect your sinuses… especially your wisdom teeth on the upper jaw. If the roots of the wisdom tooth are growing in, they can rub or push the sinuses, putting consistent excess pressure on them. If you’re feeling headaches and congestion, but are developing any other cold or flu-like symptoms, wisdom teeth could be the culprit.

EXCESSIVE CAVITIES

When wisdom teeth begin growing, they could impact surrounding teeth and bone. This makes it difficult to properly brush the back molars. Bacteria ends up hiding in tiny spots you can no longer reach with a toothbrush, making cavities inevitable.

Additionally, gums become irritated as wisdom teeth start growing; this can make the entire mouth sensitive to brushing. These changes in the mouth increase the likelihood of cavities as well as serious infections.

Despite the many online videos featuring patients recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction, the procedure isn’t fun by any means. It is often necessary though, so keeping an eye out for these signals is very important for teenagers and young adults. If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, read more about tooth extractions here.