Usually, wisdom teeth emerge in early adulthood, between ages 17 and 25; however, their presence is not guaranteed. Some develop none at all, while others might have more than the usual four. While wisdom teeth may erupt with no problems at all, they can also cause issues like pain or crowding. In these cases, a dentist recommends extraction. Thankfully, once removed, wisdom teeth cannot grow back. However, there is a very rare, extra tooth growth called supernumerary teeth that can pop in the mouth, even in the same area where wisdom teeth once resided.

What About Supernumerary Teeth?

Supernumerary teeth are extra teeth that develop in addition to the normal ones. They are additional teeth and can appear in various locations with different shapes and characteristics.

They are usually classified according to their shape, position, or even orientation. Supernumerary teeth can lead to complications such as crowding, displacement, and may involve extraction, especially if they are causing problems.

Do You Have To Get them Extracted Too?

Yes, maybe. The management depends on their type and position. Immediate removal is done in situations where they inhibit or delay the eruption of adjacent teeth, interference with orthodontic appliances, etc. For instance, mesiodens are a type of supernumerary tooth that are present in the anterior maxilla. They are often removed surgically due to their risk of causing complications.

Signs You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Some common signs that indicate the need for wisdom tooth extraction include:

  1. Extreme Pain: Since wisdom teeth are present at the farthest back of your jaw, persistent or severe pain in the back of your mouth can be a sign that extraction is necessary.
  2. Swollen Gums: Swelling and tenderness in the gums around the wisdom teeth is not normal, especially if the teeth are not growing in the right direction.
  3. Teeth Crowding: Wisdom teeth that cause crowding or shifting of existing teeth are not needed.
  4. Jaw Issues: Difficulty opening and closing the jaw properly, deviation in bite alignment, or jaw pain are all signs of the need to get wisdom teeth pulled out.
  5. Cyst Growth: The presence of cysts around wisdom teeth is due to issues that need a professional look.
  6. Repeated Tooth Infections: Recurrent infections around wisdom teeth mean that there is something not right and since their function is obsolete can be removed.
  7. Difficulty Eating: Problems with chewing or discomfort may mean food particles dislodgement, which can open doors to multiple tooth issues.
  8. Crooked Teeth: The emergence of wisdom teeth causing sudden misalignment of previously straight teeth calls for extraction.

Closing Note

We hope that this blog serves its purpose of answering most of your queries. If you have concerns or want to know more about wisdom teeth and their extraction, get in touch with Dr. Rosita Hamidi, a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, at Smile Time Dental. Visit our clinic or call (281) 245-0711 to schedule a same-day appointment.

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