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What are the symptoms of erupting wisdom teeth

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
What are the symptoms of erupting wisdom teeth
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The third molars are popularly known as wisdom teeth because unlike the rest of the teeth they appear during adulthood and not in childhood. These molars often cause some discomfort as they erupt, even if the patient has enough space in their mouth for them to appear without causing major problems. If you've started to feel pain in the back of your gums and you're not sure why, read this OneHowTo.com article where we explain what the symptoms of wisdom teeth erupting are,so you know if you should go for a dental check-up.

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Steps to follow:


The wisdom teeth usually appear between 17 and 21 years of age, although in many people they may come sooner or later. Some patients never experience the eruption of wisdom teeth, whilst others, having had orthodontic treatment in youth, are operated on to remove the wisdom teeth so that as they appear they don't move the other teeth from the position that the treatment achieved.

What are the symptoms of erupting wisdom teeth - Step 1
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The symptoms of wisdom teeth as they erupt are pain and swelling in the gums, especially at the back of the mouth where the wisdom teeth are. Learn how to relieve pain from wisdom teeth in this OneHowTo.com article.


When wisdom teeth come out properly, and have enough space in the mouth, there are no additional symptoms other than the above-mentioned small annoyances. However, many people do not have enough space to accommodate wisdom teeth, or they grow crooked. In such cases there are usually more troublesome symptoms, such as:

  • Severe pain in the area where the wisdom tooth is erupting
  • Hardening of the jaw in the affected area
  • Severe swelling and redness in the area
  • Sometimes, if wisdom teeth grow crooked or cause a lot of damage to the gums as they erupt, infections can occur in the affected area or bone, which must be addressed by a specialist.

You can ease some of the wisdom teeth pain by using sea salt.

What are the symptoms of erupting wisdom teeth - Step 3

If you feel pain and discomfort in the area where your wisdom teeth are, it is best to consult a dentist. The specialist will touch your gums and possibly perform an x-ray to monitor their growth and to see if there is space in the mouth for them.

If there is not enough space, the teeth are growing crooked or there is an infection, they must be removed by an oral surgeon with a small surgical procedure to prevent the other teeth from moving, as this would affect the patient's bite and cause major problems.


But don't worry! If your doctor tells you that you should have your wisdom teeth removed, don't be alarmed. Trust the specialist; he will explain all the implications of the process in your particular case. Remember that if your doctor tells you it is best to remove your wisdom teeth is important to follow this suggestion to ensure your dental health.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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