How to Tell If Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In
Wisdom teeth may sound pleasant, but when they start to make their presence known they can feel like anything but. That’s because wisdom teeth eruption can cause symptoms ranging from an earache to increased risk for dental infections. The earlier your dentist can determine if your wisdom teeth are coming in the better, which is why it’s important to know how to tell if your widsom teeth are coming in.
Your Teeth Start Moving
Your wisdom teeth starting to come in can be just like squeezing an extra person onto an elevator – things can get crowded. This is one of the reasons why dentists advocate wisdom teeth removal because wisdom teeth coming in can affect your dental alignment, causing your teeth to shift and potentially overlap each other. If you wore braces, this can be a low blow after all the money and time spent getting your teeth aligned. If your teeth start to feel pressed-in or tight, these can be some symptoms that it’s time to see your dentist.
Your Jaw Feels Painful and Stiff
Pain and stiffness are wisdom teeth symptoms that can resemble pain from grinding your teeth or a severe headache. That’s why it’s important to know about symptoms that your wisdom teeth could be coming in — otherwise, you may believe you have a condition when your wisdom teeth are actually to blame.
Pain around the jawbone is important to seek treatment for because these can signal your wisdom teeth have become impacted. This means your wisdom teeth are trapped underneath your gum tissue, but are trying to push and get out. Impacted wisdom teeth are a dangerous proposition because the partial eruption can allow bacteria to enter your teeth, resulting in infection. You’re also more likely to experience tooth decay and gum disease because it’s tough to brush and floss partially erupted teeth.
You Have an Unexplained Earache
When you have an earache that you just can’t explain, there is a chance your wisdom teeth could be the explanation. Since your jawbone is so close to your ear, the pain can radiate up your jawbone and ear, mimicking the symptoms of an ear infection. Earaches can also be a symptom of a dental abscess in your wisdom teeth, which can be a serious medical issue.
“Abscesses will often make a person feel run down, lack of energy and will increase blood pressure and blood sugar levels in diabetics,” says Mark Sayeg, DDS, FAGD, a dentist practicing in Sandy Spring, Ga. “Pain from abscesses is also very difficult to control and can be very intense.
If you have this type of pain, it’s important to make a trip to your dentist ASAP to accurately diagnose the source of your earache, whether it’s an ear infection or wisdom tooth abscess to blame.
Get An X-Ray
Dental x-rays are a common part of your twice-yearly dental checkups because they allow your doctor to visualize decayed areas, plus your wisdom teeth. If you suspect your wisdom teeth may be coming in, x-rays are vital to identifying the positioning and placement of your wisdom teeth.
News Flash: You May Not Have Wisdom Teeth
It’s strange but true: some people may never develop wisdom teeth, or your wisdom teeth may never erupt from your gums. In most instances, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 15 and 25. If you are older than age 30 and have not experienced issues related to your wisdom teeth nor have you had them break through your gums, you are likely in the clear for any further wisdom teeth problems.