Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems in our mouth. They typically begin starting problems when you’re around 20 years old (plus or minus a few years). It’s recommended to visit a dentist around this time to see if they can be spotted before they start to be painful. When they’re identified on an x-ray most people decide to have them removed. You can have them removed before they cause issues. If they are already causing pain they may be any or all of the following:
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth. Because of how far back in your mouth they come in, there might not be room for them to grow so they can get stuck in the jaw or gums.
- Growing in at an odd angle. They can put pressure on other teeth.
- Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars.
- You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.
Having your wisdom teeth removed is a common procedure where you are sedated, and numb throughout. The recovery process is usually 4-7 days where you will need to avoid hard foods and keep your mouth very clean.