While almost every patient will need wisdom teeth extraction, not every patient develop their wisdom teeth at the same time. Likewise, not all patients experience the same symptoms when their wisdom teeth begin to develop. As a result, knowing the kind of symptoms and dental conditions commonly associated with wisdom teeth development may help patients seek proactive third molar extraction.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek wisdom teeth removal:
Changes in the Gums
Often, patients with developing wisdom teeth may begin to notice that their gums change from a healthy pink to a bright red. Gums may also feel swollen, or tender. Some patients may also experience gum bleeding near the back of the mouth, where wisdom teeth are developing.
Partial wisdom teeth impaction can also increase a patient’s risk of developing gingivitis or full blown gum disease. This is a result of teeth partially emerging, allowing gum tissue to grow over the molar and create a flap in which plaque and bacteria can become trapped. In these instances, wisdom teeth removal is necessary to protect the rest of the smile.
Jaw Pain and Swelling
As wisdom teeth are developing, it is not uncommon for patients to experience jaw pain. While some patients may notice jaw sensitivity during meals, others may feel a consistent dull pain. In either of these scenarios, we recommend patients visit North Canyon Dentistry immediately to schedule their wisdom teeth consultation.
Patients may also notice swelling around the jaw. This is consistent with an infection near the wisdom tooth, known as pericoronitis. If you are experiencing this symptom, contact our team immediately.
Cavities and Tooth Decay
Depending on how wisdom teeth emerge, they can make it much more difficult for patients to clean all parts of the smile. As a result, patients with impacted and partially impacted wisdom teeth are at a higher risk of dental decay and cavity, conditions that can compromise neighboring healthy teeth if left untreated. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, difficulty chewing or biting, it’s time to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation.
Located off 72nd Dr. in Glendale, North Canyon Dentistry offers comprehensive wisdom teeth extraction for patients throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. To learn more, contact our team today and schedule your consultation.