Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the far back of the mouth. There are four of them; two on each side, one on the top and one on the bottom. Some people don’t develop wisdom teeth. Others develop them, but they stay impacted in the bone, never to be seen. In more cases than not, people will have to get their wisdom teeth extracted for various reasons.
If you experience any of the following, it may be a sign that you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Eternity Dental in Mooroolbark will gladly give you a recommendation on how to deal with yours.
Pain/Swelling/Fever: As your wisdom teeth start to protrude through the bone, you may experience pain. Swelling and a fever is also common. If this isn’t something that goes away quickly, we may recommend a consultation to get your wisdom teeth extracted.
Bad Taste and/or Smell in Mouth: Wisdom teeth erupting through the tissues can cause gum infections, creating a bad taste and/or smell in your mouth. Another cause of this could be because the wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth that they are very difficult to clean. Removal is usually the best course of action here and will help you maintain a better dental hygiene regimen.
Braces: If your teeth are crooked, crowded, or your bite is positioned incorrectly you may have to undergo orthodontic treatment with braces. Many orthodontists recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted before properly aligning your teeth. If not, they can cause more problems in the future. If you think you need braces you may have to get your wisdom teeth removed first.
Coming in Sideways: If you start experiencing a lot of pressure around your mouth, it could be caused by your wisdom teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth are embedded sideways in the bone, but they still try coming through the surface. Feeling pressure is a sign that this is occurring. A radiograph and consultation with Eternity Dental in Mooroolbark will confirm if they are sideways and they will recommend how to proceed.
Crowding/Teeth Are Shifting: Some people have more teeth than they have room for in their mouth. Lack of space can cause your straight teeth to shift and become crowded. If your wisdom teeth start to come through the gum and you think they might be affecting your other teeth you should consider getting them extracted to prevent further shifting.
Schedule a consultation today to find out if you or your teen need their wisdom teeth removed.