May 16, 2020
Wisdom teeth may have had a purpose in the past, but today they are more likely to cause problems. While they have proved useful to our ancestors who had rough diets and no access to modern dental care, people today are often better off without them. If you aren’t sure if your wisdom teeth are erupting or if you need wisdom tooth removal in Denver, here’s what you should keep in mind.
Wisdom Teeth Generally Erupt In Your Early Adulthood
In most cases, wisdom teeth do not begin to erupt until you are between the ages of 17 and 25. Keep in mind that wisdom teeth do not necessarily have to fully erupt in order to cause issues, which is why it’s important to look out for symptoms of problematic wisdom teeth as you reach this age.
Symptoms Your Wisdom Teeth are Erupting (and May Be Problematic)
The easiest way to tell if your wisdom teeth are erupting is by looking at your mouth in the mirror. You’ll be able to see a new tooth (or new set of teeth) in either your top or bottom arches at the very back. However, you may also notice them only beginning the process of eruption. Signs that they are coming in could include pain in the back of the mouth or gum soreness.
Some common symptoms of erupting wisdom teeth include:
- Bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Bad breath or unpleasant taste
What You Need to Do Next
It is rare for wisdom teeth to erupt without creating long-term problems. Even if your wisdom teeth erupt and you do not experience any discomfort, you’ll still need to get them examined by an oral surgeon in Denver. They’ll be able to confirm the path in which your wisdom teeth are growing and how likely they are to lead to future complications.
It’s important to note that as you get older, the roots of wisdom teeth can grow longer and become entangled with the sensory nerves of the lower jaw, making them much more difficult to remove. With the help of an oral surgeon, you can have them removed early and prevent complications before they happen!
About Altitude Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Fangman and Dr. Ivey are board-certified oral surgeons, which means they are highly trained in performing a wide variety of surgical treatments, including wisdom tooth removal. Their expertise and dedication to your comfort is sure to make you feel confident during your next appointment. If you or your child are experiencing any issues you think are due to wisdom teeth, be sure to contact us through their website.
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