Would you believe it if we told you that many people expose themselves to risks that they don’t have to expose themselves to? It happens every day in a variety of situations, but to keep things relevant, we see it often when it comes to problems arising from the eruption/impaction of wisdom teeth.
Since we’re known for being a leading dentist in Houston with extensive experience when it comes to providing the best wisdom tooth treatment around, we decided that it was time we shed some light on the subject once and for all. Without leaving out anything like has been done on the articles of others that claimed to cover this at the time of this writing.
It is critical that you keep in mind that these are just the top consequence, and as the world of dentistry evolves, new consequences tend to arise. While this is one of the most comprehensive lists online of its kind, it doesn’t substitute the fact that keeping your eyes open when it comes to issues surrounding the areas where wisdom teeth tend to grow in behind the molars.
1. The decay of your teeth could become more likely to occur.
While tooth decay is most common with the wisdom teeth themselves, they still pose a risk of being able to contribute to the teeth that surround it as well. Cavities and tooth decay are most commonly found due to build-up (for example food left behind on your teeth), and the unique position of your wisdom teeth (at the rear of the mouth) poses more of a chance for this to happen than there is with all of your other teeth.
Over time, this could also contribute to the damage of your jawbone as well (which we will cover more on later in this blog post). Since wisdom teeth aren’t needed like they were in the days of our ancestors, it’s best to get them removed. Especially if you notice any signs of tooth decay coming to the surface.
Keep in mind that even if you think your wisdom teeth grew in properly, there is still a big chance that the formation of bacteria can occur. Simply put, this means that looks can be deceiving, since this is where infections tend to start from.
2. Impacted wisdom teeth could lead to further dental complications.
Your wisdom teeth are the most common teeth in one’s mouth to be the source of a host of problems. Many people try to write off having their wisdom teeth removed, only to find out if they were a little bit more proactive, they might have been able to prevent certain issues. Not to mention, things tend to be worse once wisdom teeth become impacted.
When your wisdom teeth become impacted, not only do they steal the space that your other teeth need to thrive, but they also lead to the onset of many dental complications (such as gum disease, pain, and swelling). Keep in mind that these issues are just the most common and usually the first ones to surface, other dental complications could very well be the result of having impacted wisdom teeth.
3. In due time, your jaw could be damaged as a result of wisdom tooth problems.
The initial signs that you will experience with your jaw when wisdom teeth are coming in are that it could be numb, sore, or even difficult to open your mouth. If at any time you’re experiencing any of these signs, give your dentist a call immediately so that you can get it checked out.
Aside from the obvious discomfort and difficulty eating, there is one thing with wisdom teeth that seems to be overlooked way too often. That is the fact that ignoring the removal of your wisdom teeth could indeed lead to your jaw becoming damaged.
Another common result of not removing your wisdom teeth is that when they shift their growth towards the jawbone, there is an increased risk of bone disease. At this point, those who fail to get it treated could be contributing to the deterioration of their jawbone as well as expose themselves to the risk of their jaw not functioning as well as it used to.
4. It is one of the most painful dental issues seen among patients today.
Sure, having a cavity can be a painful experience, but a lot of the time it’s nowhere near as bad as the pain that you experienced when wisdom teeth are trying to erupt or have become impacted during the growth process.
Since your mouth isn’t meant to have the room for wisdom teeth, feeling them come in isn’t going to be a painless experience to say the least. On top of the fact that wisdom teeth try to grow in some of the most unnatural manners (such as being parallel to your jawbone).
Many times, our patients seek our help to minimize the pain that they’re having with their wisdom teeth, as well as provide them with a solution that eliminates it for good. Once your wisdom teeth start hurting, the only way that you’ll embrace success is having them removed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
5. Other teeth could become damaged if a wisdom tooth tries to push up against it.
As it was mentioned earlier, wisdom teeth don’t always come in as they should and this could lead them to push up against your other teeth. Just like when anything is forced that isn’t meant to fit that way, damage is sure to occur.
Another thing to keep in mind is that at this point if you have had any orthodontic work performed in the past, the results can find themselves being undone. This is because of the fact that not only does it damage other teeth by pushing up against them, but this also tends to push most (if not all) of your teeth out of proper alignment.
Hence why it’s so important to understand the early signs of wisdom teeth problems and act on them immediately. Especially if you have braces, Invisalign, or any other type of orthodontic treatment that has been performed. Ignoring this risk could cost you a lot more than what it takes to solve your wisdom tooth problems for good.
6. Overcrowding could have a direct effect on the appearance of your smile.
When things get crowded, things can tend to get out of hand pretty quickly. Just like it was mentioned in the last section, overcrowding of your wisdom teeth could lead to your other teeth being shoved out of alignment.
Not only can this make your teeth look crooked, but it can also affect your facial structure if left unattended for an extended period of time. This is because not only are your teeth affected when your wisdom teeth start becoming a problem, but your mouth structure and jawbone becomes affected as well.
For those who love their beautiful smile, it shouldn’t be a second thought to have your wisdom teeth removed before they have a chance to take your smile away from you. A lot of the time, regular dental check-ups can reveal whether your wisdom teeth are going to become a problem or not, but always keep your eyes open for any possible signs in the meantime.
7. Putting your oral health at risk could directly affect your overall health.
You may or may not be aware that your oral health doesn’t just affect your mouth, but it affects your overall health as well. For example, it has been seen on numerous occasions where heart problems were the direct result of a dental condition being left untreated.
Infection and disease have the ability to cause inflammation of one’s blood vessels throughout the body in combination with the inflammation that it causes within the area of concern. This is known to contribute to increased blood pressure as well as a higher chance of heart attacks and strokes.
8. Sinus problems are no stranger when it comes to the side effects of wisdom teeth.
Sinuses are located right by where the upper wisdom teeth tend to grow, which means that there is a chance that the teeth can apply pressure on your sinuses leading to congestion and nasal pain.
Sinus headaches are also an issue seen when your upper wisdom teeth are growing in. If you experience any of these symptoms or any pain/swelling where your wisdom teeth are growing in, it’s critical to have your dentist or oral surgeon take a look at what’s going on. Failure to do so could lead to the infection being spread throughout your sinuses.
9. Swelling could make it hard for you to brush your teeth or to eat.
While rarer, the most extreme cases of wisdom teeth problems that affect the level of difficulty when it comes to brushing your teeth or eating can get to the point where it may be difficult or impossible to open your mouth.
Not only is this a sign that your wisdom teeth need to be looked at, but it’s the sign of infection trying to set in as well. If it reaches this point, the condition will eventually become worse and cause even more complications for you over the long run.
Another thing that this is a sign of, especially when it comes to opening your mouth, is that the infection could have spread to your jawbone itself. When this gets worse, your bone could start to deteriorate which will not only make matters worse but could require you to embrace even more treatment than you originally might have had to undergo if you would have stayed on top of it.
10. The sensitivity of your teeth could be enhanced with wisdom tooth problems.
This is particularly true when the pain is at the very back of your mouth since this is where wisdom teeth grow in at. Sure, the pain might seem minimal at first, but it can quickly escalate to a more serious level.
A lot of patients have seen that this also influences their daily lives significantly, as some might even skip eating just because it hurts too bad. There is no doubt that your teeth will become more sensitive when your wisdom teeth are growing in, especially if they’re impacted or trying to force your surrounding teeth out of alignment so that they have room to grow in.
A Quick Rundown on Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
In order to help you pinpoint whether or not you may be having problems associated with the growth of your wisdom teeth, we listed the most common symptoms for you below. Keep in mind that only your dentist can give you true medical advice while seeing what the current state of your wisdom teeth are.
With that said, it is imperative to your overall health as well as your dental health to notify your preferred dentist if you experience any of these problems that are listed. Failure to do so can only make matter worse, which is far from something that you want to experience.
· A bad taste in your mouth, especially when eating food.
· Bad breath, even when you’re brushing your teeth regularly.
· Experiencing severe pain in the back of your mouth, specifically behind your molars.
· Redness around your gumline.
· Swelling of your jaw or within your gum line in the area where wisdom teeth grow.
· Tender gums that are sensitive to touch or when eating/drinking.
There are many other symptoms and conditions that are associated with your wisdom teeth, and only an x-ray can tell if they’re growing in properly or if they have a chance to have a negative impact. Just remember that being proactive is the best way to having the healthiest and most beautiful smile.
If you’re in the Houston, Texas area, we’d love to schedule you for a wisdom tooth consultation. Whether you’re a new patient or existing patient, we will do everything we can to take the pain away and ensure that you get the best level of dental treatment seen among any Houston dental office.