The wisdom teeth were an important part of early human development. But with the advancement of modern dentistry and oral care they have been rendered obsolete and the molars we are already equipped typically survive with are more than enough for optimal oral function.
Furthermore, when these teeth begin to appear, they can begin to shift the alignment of our teeth and impact the formation of the jaw. This can have a variety of negative effects on the function of the mouth and many times the best course of action is to have them removed.
Regular dental checkups will monitor the formation of these teeth and your dentist can provide you with advice on what is best for your situation. But if you have begun to notice any of the following symptoms, it is a good idea to have these teeth removed.
The first and most obvious sign that wisdom teeth should be removed is a pain or sensitivity at the back of the mouth. This could be more noticeable when eating or when brushing the teeth. If you begin to notice a sensitivity to touch it is important to have your teeth examined by a dental professional.
As your wisdom teeth emerge, you will feel some sensitivity and pain which can result in an inflammation of the gums. This can be as simple as redness and inflammation or even result in bleeding gums. This often makes regular brushing an especially painful process.
If you ignore the condition or take pain meds to minimize the pain of growing wisdom teeth, you may notice cysts begin to form in the mouth. These small sacs of fluid can grow and become very painful, eventually affecting the roots and function of other teeth in the immediate vicinity.
It is also very possible that the presence of misaligned wisdom teeth can impact the function of the jaw and jaw muscles. This can make it especially painful to move the jaw normally and this will result in a stiffness of the jaw muscles. The result will be the incapacity to move the jaw muscles normally.
Problems with wisdom teeth and the jaw will begin to cause problems with the sinus as well. If you begin experiencing trouble with air passage through the sinuses, congestion and pain in this region, your wisdom teeth could be to blame.
Have your oral conditions examined by a dental professional who can advise you on the best course of action.