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Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, arrive in the back of the mouth behind your second molars. They may never give you problems, but when they do, it can be problematic. They are difficult to clean, brushing and flossing, because of where they are located. This makes them susceptible to dental caries and gum disease. While they were necessary for our ancestors long ago, they are no longer needed for healthy functioning, as our diets have changed.

Signs of problematic wisdom teeth:

–Misalignment of the surrounding teeth
–Bad breath and unpleasant taste when eating
–Red, swollen gums where the molars are
–A raw gum line in the back of the mouth
–Jaw pain or ache
–Pain or discomfort in the back of the mouth

If wisdom teeth emerge sideways, they can crowd nearby teeth, throw off your bite and alignment, and cause tooth decay and gum disease–especially if they only partially erupt.

If cysts develop around the wisdom teeth, they can hollow out the jaw and damage nerves. They can also wreak havoc with your sinuses, causing pressure, pain and congestion.

In addition to causing gum inflammation on the tissue, making the swelling hard to clean, swollen gums can create pockets in between the teeth that encourages bacteria and cavities.

Your wisdom teeth can become impacted if they are still inside the gum tissue or the jawbone, or only partially breaking through or erupting in the gums. If this occurs, bacteria come in through the opening, surround the tooth, and cause infection. If infection arises, you can experience jaw stiffness, pain, and swelling. What do you do with problem wisdom teeth? Removal will prevent additional problems down the road as well as solve the current issue. Our dentists, Dr. Banu and Dr. Ismail can evaluate your situation and discuss your options. If you have any signs or symptoms and would like to be seen, call our Smiles Fresh Dental team at 248-255-4585 today!