If you’ve been experiencing chronic tooth pain you may be wondering “can adults get wisdom teeth issues?” The answer is yes. Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to appear in the mouth. Many people commonly get their wisdom teeth removed between 17 and 25 years of age. Yet, some people opt to wait. Whether it’s because of financial reasons or fear of the procedure, some don’t get their wisdom teeth removed until later in life.
Can Adults Get Wisdom Teeth Issues?
There’s more than one reason adults get their wisdom teeth removed. Keep reading to discover several of them.
1. Impacted Teeth
These teeth often don’t have enough room to erupt into the mouth as they should. They can erupt partially or not at all. Impacted teeth can grow at an angle toward the back of your mouth or toward the next tooth. They can even grow straight up and down, but stay trapped within the jawbone. Impacted teeth can also cause damage to a nearby tooth or bone and trap food behind the wisdom tooth.
As an adult you may suddenly begin experiencing pain in your mouth. This can happen because there is pressure on the wisdom teeth nerves as they continue to develop. Another common problem is cavities forming in the teeth near your wisdom teeth which cause pain and discomfort.
3. Tooth Decay
It’s not easy to clean wisdom teeth. Even if they erupt as they should, they are often crowded by the teeth next to them. This makes brushing and flossing hard to do. Cavities are an issue because of this.
Pain is never enjoyable, but infection is a big problem. When wisdom teeth can’t erupt as they should infection can happen in the gums. This causes oral problems because it damages nearby healthy teeth.
5. Misalignment Problems
When wisdom teeth erupt, they can force other teeth to move. This causes issues because it can require dental work so those teeth forced to move can return to their proper alignment.
If you have wisdom teeth bothering you, don’t hesitate to call us to set up an appointment today at (423) 296-8210. Our skilled surgeons at East Brainerd Oral Surgery are here to walk you through every step of the way.