Wisdom teeth are your farthest back molars that usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. However, not everyone has them. If you have wisdom teeth, you may or may not need to have them removed. There are several telling signs that your wisdom teeth are coming in and you should make an appointment with your dentist if you notice any of them. Let’s talk about the 5 major signs.
1. Gum Irritation
One of the first signs that you may notice when your wisdom teeth are coming in is gum irritation. The gummy area that covers your teeth will become tender and possibly swollen. It may be difficult and uncomfortable to chew hard or crunchy foods.
2. Aches and Pains in the Back of the Jaw
When wisdom teeth start to grow in, they can cause some aches and pains in the back of your jaw. This is also a sign that you’ll need to have them extracted. Note that the longer you wait to have them removed, the more intense the pain will likely become. See your dentist as soon as you can.
3. Pain in or Around Eyes and Ears
The location of your wisdom teeth causes some nerves to be affected. Essentially, your new teeth are putting a new pressure on your nerves. You may feel some pain or pressure in or around your eyes and ears. You should only be alarmed that your wisdom teeth are coming in if you are experiencing this symptom along with any others on this list.
4. Redness in Your Back Gums
When your wisdom teeth begin to emerge, you’ll likely experience irritation, pain, and pressure. With all of those symptoms come redness. Redness from the irritation is a common sign that your wisdom teeth are coming in.
5. Small White Specks Behind Your Molars
The last sign that your wisdom teeth are coming in is seeing small white specks in your gums behind your molars. These are actually the tops of your new teeth! Once your wisdom teeth have reached this stage, you’ll know it’s time to talk to your dentist if you haven’t already. This won’t be very comfortable and it is important to see your dentist immediately.
Now that you know the top five signs that your wisdom teeth are coming in, you should be able to tell if yours are coming! Schedule an appointment at the Dental Care Center if you are experiencing one or multiple of these symptoms.