Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars and can erupt anytime between the ages of 17 and 25. If all four, top and bottom, come through they are some handy extra teeth. Unfortunately, more often than not, they do not come through correctly, and this is when you need wisdom teeth removal.
Making sure you organise regular hygiene visits at our Oakleigh practice is the best way of having your wisdom teeth monitored. If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms, it could mean that it’s time for your wisdom teeth to be extracted.
You notice your wisdom teeth are causing crowding.
Is it feeling a little crowded in there? If you had beautiful straight teeth and notice a change in the alignment of your smile, it could be wisdom teeth causing this. When teeth move and are crooked, they can create gum problems, be more difficult to clean and even result in cavities caused by trapped food.
You feel sudden pain around your molars.
Pain is often the first indicator for patients that it’s time to come and visit us for a dental appointment. Often the pain isn’t unbearable, only a dull ache in the back of the jaw.
You might find this underlying pain is exasperated when you chew tough foods. The knee-jerk response is to use over the counter pain relievers. But inevitably you are just masking the real issue and avoiding coming to see us.
You experience sinus pain, nasal congestion or headaches.
Many of us would never contemplate that our wisdom teeth might affect our sinuses. Our upper wisdom teeth, however, have deep roots that can push against your sinuses. As these roots grow, they cause pressure and discomfort. Sometimes you might not feel any sinus pain but experience nasal congestion and headaches.
You develop cysts around your teeth.
Another sign that it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth are cysts forming in the gums around the teeth.
You begin to develop cavities in your molars.
You probably won’t be able to self diagnose this one while at home. Regular hygiene appointments at our Oakleigh practice will pick this up though. Tooth decay is such a common issue that we often advise removing useless wisdom teeth to avoid causing cavities.
For example, if you only have your top wisdom teeth and no bottom ones, they serve no purpose. They create another hard to brush gap for bacteria to harbour. Eventually, the wisdom tooth becomes so decayed we need to remove it anyway. You risk losing your back molar as well, which is one of your most vital teeth for chewing.
If you are worried about your wisdom teeth and think it might be time for them to come out? We’re happy to take a look. Schedule an appointment with our Oakleigh clinic, and we will give you all the pros and cons. Ultimately it will be your decision.