Wisdom teeth were used by our ancestors to help chew rough or coarse food. Today, we no longer need these teeth to chew our food and, in most cases, wisdom teeth can cause developmental issues when they decide to erupt. Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, but some people may not get their wisdom teeth until the age of 25.
Over time our jaws have shrunk, and this may have led to the common issues we experience with wisdom teeth. Some wisdom teeth are blocked and have trouble erupting. In other cases, wisdom teeth do not develop completely. This allows bacteria to collect around the area and can cause an infection. Other problems caused by wisdom teeth include overcrowding or damage to the surrounding teeth. There are some people who have no problems at all with their wisdom teeth, and they can erupt properly, and do not require extraction.
At Rivers Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we monitor wisdom teeth development in our younger patients to ensure we get in front of any issues early on. Our team has years of experience in wisdom teeth removal, and we have helped patients of all ages. Our team can help you avoid future complications, and keep your teeth and mouth feeling great.
How Do I Know if I Have an Issue With My Wisdom Teeth?
Attending your regular dental exam appointments are extremely important to help monitor wisdom teeth development. Our team can watch your wisdom teeth and get in front of developmental issues such as impaction or overcrowding. We typically recommend wisdom teeth removal at a younger age to avoid future complications.
There are signs you can look out for that may indicate you need your wisdom teeth removed. If you experience any of the following signs, we encourage you to contact our office right away.
- Pain in the back of your mouth, on your tongue, or cheek area
- Swollen, inflamed, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Jaw pain, swelling, or stiffness
- Headaches or earaches
- Sinus issues
- Crooked teeth
- Cysts around your wisdom teeth
- Bad breath that does not go away
- Trouble chewing
It is important to always address any pain or symptoms of wisdom teeth problems. If wisdom teeth issues are not treated promptly, they can lead to further complications or infection. Let our team help rid you of pain and get you on the road to recovery.
Are You Experiencing Symptoms That May Indicate You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If you are experiencing symptoms that could indicate you have an issue with your wisdom teeth, we recommend contacting our office. Your oral health is our priority and our team can help provide the proper treatment. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and we have years of experience in wisdom teeth removal. Let Rivers Family & Cosmetic Dentistry help you take that first step towards feeling healthier, by calling us today.
To schedule your wisdom teeth consultation, contact Rivers Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and our staff will be happy to assist you.