You probably know that your wisdom teeth usually erupt after all of your other teeth, generally between the ages of sixteen and twenty years old. Since your wisdom teeth are the last to come in, there often isn’t enough room for them to erupt properly. This can lead to a number of serious complications.
If there isn’t enough room in your mouth, your wisdom teeth could become impacted, or stuck beneath your gums. Impacted teeth can lead to irritated and swollen gums. An impacted tooth can also cause your teeth to shift, which can lead to another set of serious issues.
Would you be surprised to learn that a wisdom tooth can actually cause headaches or issues with your sinuses? Similarly, if a wisdom tooth makes your other teeth shift, you may not be able to clean your smile as well as you should. This will leave you more vulnerable to gum disease. Again, one easy way to avoid these types of issues is extracting the tooth before it becomes a problem.
If you’re worried about your wisdom teeth or are interested in learning more about a wisdom tooth extraction, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Letitia M. Williams at 334.377.3778. We’ll be happy to examine your pearly whites and offer you personalized advice. We’re excited to hear from you soon!