signs of wisdom teeth

Finding out the 5 signs of wisdom teeth may be all the wisdom you need

Have you ever wondered why wisdom teeth, which are really just the upper and lower third molars, are called “wisdom” teeth? It’s because they usually come in between the ages of 17-21 when a person is considered old enough to have gained some wisdom. The thing is, we don’t seem to be very wise at that age. Especially in all things love and war. And when it comes to knowing the signs of wisdom teeth. We can’t help you with love and war, but we can help you understand the warning signs of wisdom teeth.

5 Signs Of Wisdom Teeth

Have you ever noticed a cranky baby and thought to yourself, “maybe they’re just teething”? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening with the symptoms of wisdom teeth. It’s basically the adult version of teething. According to New Health Advisor, there are some very clear indications of wisdom teeth coming in. These symptoms include:

  1. signs of wisdom teethGum Irritation – You may feel some gum irritation as your wisdom teeth get closer to the surface and begin to erupt. This can cause swelling and an itching sensation. Although uncomfortable it’s all very normal and nothing to be concerned about.
  2. Variation in Pain – Pain is felt differently by everyone. Some may feel it in their gums while others may feel it in their jaw. Eating may also cause a rise in pain. However, one commonality across the board is that the pain is usually inconsistent to begin with and becomes more persistent. There may be a dull ache present. Again, uncomfortable, but not out of the normal.
  3. Redness in Gums – The gum flap over the wisdom teeth might turn red when they are close to erupting. You may also notice some bleeding while brushing your teeth. It’s vital that you keep the area clean as any food debris caught in there could lead to infection.
  4. Pain in Other Areas  – Wisdom teeth can cause pressure on nerves that can lead to pain in other parts of your face and head. Usually felt more at night, your jaws, eyes, and ears bear the brunt of this pain.
  5. Other Signs – A weird taste in the mouth, possible bad breath, and swollen lymph glands can also be seemingly random signs of wisdom teeth.

The American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed. Although there is rarely a reason to worry, the ADA suggests that sometimes wisdom teeth may need to be removed for various reasons. These include:

  • Excessive Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

Again, there is very little cause for concern as all of these issues can easily be taken care of by your dentist. The first signs of wisdom teeth can be a bit confusing and bothersome, but at Hospital Dental Group, we are well versed in the hard-earned wisdom of wisdom teeth. We offer many services to help walk you through the pain of gaining wisdom, along with a healthy, beautiful smile. We are here to help in any way possible. Call us at  (860)524-5194 to schedule an appointment.