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The wisdom teeth lurking deep within the gums at the back or your mouth can pose a serious threat to your long-term oral health. These vestigial third molars start to emerge in late adolescence. Since the back of the mouth has little room to spare, wisdom teeth can become painfully impacted. In time, this can even compromise the otherwise healthy roots of your back molars.

Early symptoms might include a feeling of pressure or a pain deep in the gums. This pain should not be taken lightly as it could be a sign that one or more wisdom teeth are impacted.

If one or more of your wisdom teeth do manage to fully emerge, the overcrowding issues in the back of the mouth can lead to alignment problems and chips on the corresponding teeth in the bite pattern. At the same time, any emergent wisdom tooth will still need regular brushing and flossing. It’s important to remember that they are just as susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease as any other tooth in your mouth.

Here at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, our oral surgeon, Dr. Will Allen, often recommends having your wisdom teeth removed shortly after your permanent teeth have fully replaced your primary teeth. This is a sound preventative measure against further complications.

If you need your wisdom teeth removed in Louisville, Kentucky, you should call 502-587-7874 to schedule an appointment at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.