Common Signs you Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

by Jenn

Your wisdom teeth are generally the last ones to appear in your mouth. They are named wisdom teeth as they don’t generally appear until you become an adult, usually between 18-21 years old. 

If you’re going to have an issue with your wisdom teeth it is most likely to happen then. However, it is possible for wisdom teeth to give you an issue at any stage of your adult life, potentially resulting in the need to remove them. 

The best advice is to make sure you see a reputable dentist in Narre Warren regularly as they will help you decide if it’s your wisdom teeth giving you an issue and whether they need to be removed.


If your teeth are normally fine and you suddenly start noticing sensitivity at the back of your mouth it’s a good sign that your wisdom teeth are giving you an issue and it needs to be addressed*. In most cases, removal is the sensible option. 


Pain in your mouth is always a sign there is something wrong. However, the pain of a wisdom tooth emerging or pushing against other teeth is different. It feels more like a dull ache than a sharp pain or tooth decay, abscesses and other issues. 

If you notice a dull throbbing at the back of your mouth you’ll want to visit the dentist as soon as possible. It’s possible you may have to have a wisdom teeth removal surgery done!


Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that appear in your mouth, often as a result of incorrectly aligned teeth, such as wisdom teeth erupting. The cysts, if left untreated, can swell and cause damage to the roots of other teeth nearby. You’ll want to get the cysts checked and dealt with as soon as possible.

Painful Jaw

All your teeth sit in the jawbone. It’s strong but there remains enough flexibility for the teeth to move. That’s why braces work and why teeth move slightly over time to cover the gap of a missing tooth. 

But, this movement, especially when it’s caused by wisdom teeth pushing on other teeth generally causes a dull ache, telling you there is something wrong. 

Bad Breath And/Or Bad Taste In Mouth

Wisdom teeth often don’t come through straight. When this happens they place pressure on your other teeth and they create additional cavities where food can be caught. This speeds up the decay of teeth and the number of cavities that form. Each cavity has bacteria in it which can cause an infection. You’ll be able to taste an odd flavor in your mouth and your breath will smell.

Teeth Aren’t Straight 

In most cases the wisdom teeth don’t grow straight upward, there simply isn’t enough space in the modern human jaw. Instead, the teeth will emerge at an angle, increasing the likelihood of a dull ache and cavities.

You can stop these from being an issue by having the removed the moment you realize they aren’t straight. 

Providing you visit your dentist regularly they will help you monitor all your teeth, including your wisdom teeth. They can then advise if and when you need them removed.

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