Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of one’s mouth. Generally, they don’t have enough room to emerge or develop normally, which is known as impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause sharp pain, damage to neighboring teeth, and other oral problems.
Discover more information on wisdom teeth below.
Information on Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to come into the mouth, known as an eruption. Most people who develop these teeth have four teeth at the back of their mouth—two on the top, two on the bottom. However, 35 percent of people don’t develop these teeth, according to Mayo Clinic.
Based on these statistics, there’s a probability you may not grow wisdom teeth. However, if you’re experiencing the following six symptoms, you may be going through wisdom teeth eruption.
1. Constant Oral Pain
Wisdom teeth pain varies from person to person; however, one factor that is common for most people growing them is that the pain is infrequent, to begin with, but becomes more prominent as the teeth continue to grow. In the beginning, you may only feel a dull ache, but after a few weeks or months, you may feel a sharp pain, particularly if your wisdom teeth get infected.
2. Irritated Gums
If your wisdom teeth are growing in, you will feel slight irritation in your gums. Surprisingly, this sensation exclusively occurs directly behind the second molar. Additionally, you may feel soreness and an uncontrollable urge to itch the region.
3. Redness in the Area
The gum flap that secures your wisdom teeth may turn red or dark pink once your wisdom teeth start growing. You may even begin to notice some bleeding when you brush your teeth. However, it’s necessary to gently brush over these flaps to prevent food debris from collecting and turning into an infection.
4. Visible Wisdom Teeth
Perhaps the most obvious way to tell you’re growing wisdom teeth is by seeing them erupt as white specks over your gums. If you notice them, carefully clean them when you’re brushing your teeth. It’s important to note that some people aren’t able to see their wisdom teeth because they may only partially erupt. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not growing.
5. Pain in Other Regions of Your Head
After a few months of growing, wisdom teeth begin to press on your head’s nerves, meaning you may experience pain in other parts of your head, such as headaches. Typically, a person experiences this pain in their jaw, ears, and eyes, and it’s most commonly felt during sleep.
6. Accidentally Biting Your Tongue and Cheeks
Since wisdom teeth usually crowd a person’s mouth when they come in, a person who’s growing them will usually bite their tongue and cheeks when they chew or talk.
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