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If your wisdom teeth start to grow they can cause a number of issues. Find out what signs will tell you that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that grow behind your back molars, usually appearing in your early twenties. Wisdom teeth are not always a problem as some people don’t develop wisdom teeth or their wisdom teeth don’t grow up into their mouth; however, wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems for the people that have them. A lot of the time, the mouth isn’t wide enough to accommodate these extra teeth, leaving them to cause issues within the mouth and making removing them a necessity.

Here are some of the signs that your wisdom teeth need to be removed by a dentist.


One of the most common signs wisdom teeth need to be removed is pain. As these teeth grow up into the mouth, they can put pressure on other teeth and cause a dull aching pain where your gums are. If you’re finding that it is too painful to chew or swallow, it could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are coming through. This could also be caused by other dental issues so it is important to go to your dentist if ever you have pain in your mouth.

Infected and inflamed gums

When wisdom teeth come through they can leave gaps in between the tooth and gum line. These gaps can become filled with little bits of food and bacteria which causes the gum to become inflamed and even infected. A cyst can develop which, if left untreated, can damage the surrounding teeth, bone and root structures. If it becomes too severe you may need a surgical procedure to fix it.

Teeth movement

If your teeth have started to shift, it could be because the wisdom teeth are coming up and pushing on your teeth to make room. Wisdom teeth can undo the hard work of braces and plates making it essential to visit the dentist if you see or feel any of your teeth moving from their original position.

When left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues in the mouth, so it is important to get your teeth checked regularly to monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth. The team of experienced dentists at Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic regularly perform routine wisdom teeth extractions. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

Dr. Mahima Krongold

Dr. Mahima Krongold

Dr Krongold has been practicing dentistry for over twenty years. She has background experience dealing with a diverse range of dental issues, which vary significantly from individual to individual. Her experience has been built upon by her endless thirst for practical and technological advancement in the field of crowns, implants, bridge work, root canals, endodontics, teeth whitening and cosmetic work. Dr Krongold is a family dentist with three children. Children's dentistry is a specialised area for her, particularly encompassing oral hygiene and dental comfort.

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