Sometime between 17 and 21 years of age, your wisdom teeth, or third molars, will begin to erupt, signaling the transition between teenager and adult. Getting your Wisdom Teeth in Shelby Township is a rite of passage for many teenagers, but having them removed is a whole other story. However, just because they have erupted, it doesn’t mean they necessarily have to come out. In fact, many people go about their lives and never have any problem with their last adult teeth. There are some indications you can look out for as your wisdom teeth come in that can hint at problems.
One of the biggest signs that your wisdom teeth are not growing in correctly are changes to the teeth next to them. Wisdom teeth are well known for growing in sideways, or partially underneath its neighbor. This can cause the other teeth to shift forward or upward to make room and can damage the tooth. Food particles can also become lodged between the teeth and in areas were brushing and flossing can’t reach. This happens when there is little room for the new teeth to grow in properly and means the teeth will need to be removed or else permanent damage can occur to the surrounding teeth.
Another reason people have their wisdom teeth removed is an excess amount of pain. As the teeth cut through the gums, it’s going to “smart” a little, thus the name “wisdom teeth.” However, it doesn’t mean that it should cause a lot of pain. You should be able to maintain healthy eating and oral hygiene practices. If the pain is disturbing your sleep or keeping you from eating, it could be an indication of a problem and you should have it looked at.
You may also need to get them pulled if you are unable to keep them properly cleaned because of their difficult to reach location. This is a preventative measure against decay, infection, and the resulting gum disease. If you suspect problems with your Wisdom Teeth in Shelby Township, have your dentist take a look and they will be able to tell you if they need to take out your wisdom teeth. If you don’t have a dentist, the friendly staff at Making Beautiful Smiles offer a relaxing environment and prompt care.