Sometimes wisdom teeth—the third molars in the very back of your mouth—grow in healthy, fully emerged, and positioned correctly. But in many cases, wisdom teeth can be troublemakers, causing issues like pain, redness, and swelling.
So how can you tell if your wisdom teeth are coming in? Read on for a few common signs and symptoms.
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In
Wisdom teeth typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 21. However, they may take years to fully erupt through the gums, if they erupt at all. So how can you tell if your wisdom teeth are starting to come in—even if you can’t see them?
Wisdom teeth symptoms can include:
- Pain at the back of the mouth, behind your molars. This is often one of the first signs of wisdom teeth coming in. If your wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to come in properly, or are growing at an angle—sometimes they even grow horizontally!—they can press on nerves and bone and crowd nearby teeth.
- Other symptoms of wisdom teeth coming in include pain, redness, tenderness, and swelling around the site.
- Wisdom teeth that begin to erupt through the gums are hard to see and clean, so they’re likely to trap bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. Infection can cause wisdom tooth pain, redness, swelling, jaw pain, stiffness, and general illness.
- Wisdom teeth can also become stuck, or impacted, meaning they can’t emerge through your gums and become trapped within your jaw. This can lead to infection or cause cysts that can damage your bone and nearby teeth. Symptoms of impaction include severe pain at the back of the mouth, redness, swelling, a foul taste while chewing food, and even bad breath.
In addition to these physical signs of wisdom teeth coming in, a simple x-ray can show us exactly how your wisdom teeth are developing—including how they’re positioned and how much room they have to grow. This allows us to identify any existing or potential wisdom teeth problems, so we can address them early on and discuss whether wisdom tooth removal is recommended.
Wondering, “Are my wisdom teeth coming in?” Or experiencing wisdom teeth symptoms like pain, infection, cysts, or damage to nearby teeth? Don’t hesitate to contact us at Cottonwood Dental with any questions or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Giaquinto can assess how your wisdom teeth are positioned, identify if they may be causing any problems, and guide you toward the best treatment option for your needs.
Want to learn more about the wisdom tooth removal process? Read more here: Wisdom Tooth Removal: What to Expect & Aftercare