By their early 20’s, most people will have developed, or begun to develop, their third set of molars—commonly known as wisdom teeth. For some patients, the arrival of four extra molars is nothing to worry about. But for many others, it signals the beginning of what could become progressively worse complications with their oral health. A brief look at wisdom teeth and the trouble they cause shows that the extra molars are frequently problematic, becoming impacted by nearby second molars and leading to increasingly worse discomfort. Therefore, the most common course of action is to extract wisdom teeth, either because they’ve become impacted, or before they have a chance to.
Why Third Molars Are Often Troublesome
Your third set of molars provide an extra boost to your chewing power, but these days, humans rarely need that boost. With smaller, more compact jaws than our ancestors, wisdom teeth are more of a hindrance than a benefit. As they try to grow and erupt, the third molars often become impeded due to insufficient room along the dental ridges. Impacted molars will continue to push against nearby teeth, causing pain as well as increasing your risks of malocclusion, tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
How to Know It’s Time to Extract Them
When your wisdom teeth become impacted, the discomfort alone may warn you that you should speak with your dentist about extracting them. However, when the condition isn’t so obvious, you might also experience:
- Chronic pain in your jawbone
- Increasing sensitivity in the teeth, tissues, and bone around your molars
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- And more
If your wisdom teeth are giving you trouble, then it may be time to extract them. To learn more, call our dental office in Sunnyvale, CA today at (408) 720-0900, or toll free at (877) 9-DENTAL.