Wisdom Teeth Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

young woman holding her jaw in pain as her wisdom teeth emerge

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to come in. Not everyone has the same number of wisdom teeth. Some people don’t have any. If you do have wisdom teeth, they will most likely need to be removed at some point. What are the symptoms you shouldn’t ignore?

Your Wisdom Teeth Crowd Your Other Teeth

Sometimes your mouth doesn’t have enough space for all your teeth. As the last to erupt, wisdom teeth don’t always get the real estate they need. This means they grow in at the wrong angles. As they keep growing, you’ll experience things like:

  • Pain at the back of your mouth, especially behind your molars
  • Damage and pain in other teeth
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • A misaligned bite

You want to get these wisdom teeth removed before they cause significant pain. This is why regular exams and preventative care at Overland Park Family Dental are so important. We’ll be able to catch problems like wrong angles.

Your Wisdom Teeth Haven’t Erupted All the Way

Sometimes wisdom teeth don’t come in all the way. This creates a space in your mouth perfect for bacteria. Because it’s hard to clean that far back in your mouth, the bacteria buildup can cause an infection. Infections are very serious and affect the rest of your teeth and your whole body. You’ll experience symptoms like:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • An unpleasant taste
  • Bad breath

You Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth

It’s very common for wisdom teeth to become impacted, which is when they become trapped beneath the gums. Other teeth or the jawbone itself can block them. This can lead to serious issues such as:

  • Infection
  • Severe pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty chewing

Experiencing Wisdom Teeth Symptoms?

You should never ignore wisdom teeth symptoms. Things like pain and swelling are a cry for help from your body and wisdom teeth removal is the best treatment. If you’re worried about your wisdom teeth, please contact us at our Overland Park office today! Even if they aren’t bothering you, we can take a look before they become an issue.

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