5 Signs That Indicate Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In

Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain and swelling. Here are signs that indicate wisdom teeth are coming in. Read on. 

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaUpdated at: May 26, 2022 15:02 IST
5 Signs That Indicate Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In

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What is Wisdom Teeth? It is a set of third molars that mostly grows in initial adulthood days between the ages of 15 and 25 are known as Wisdom Teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last set of permanent teeth to appear and it starts growimg when the rest of your teeth have been there for a while. The third molars usually lead to overcrowding or less space with an awkward angle that can result in a lot of discomfort and severe dental issues. It is considered as one of the worst pains. 

Most of the dentists suggest extracting the wisdom teeth before they completely erupt the space in your jaw. The surface of wisdom teeth is medically named as an 'eruption'. However, the wisdom teeth that erupts  partially can lead to pain and swelling. Whereas, the wisdom teeth that are not able to erupt are known as being 'impacted'. If ignored, impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe dental problems with time, including gum disease, cysts and higher risk of tooth decay. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Nitya Gupta, BDMS, Ass. With Elite Dental Care, Noida, to know about the signs that indicate your wisdom teeth are coming in. 

Signs your wisdom teeth are coming 

Wisdom teeth symptoms should never be ignored. The severity of pain due to wisdom teeth varies from person to person, but the symptoms are mostly common. Here are the 5 main signs your wisdom teeth are coming in: 

1. Pain 


Wisdom teeth usually causes a dull pain near the back of your jaw. And, in some cases, the pain can be frequent and severe. Sometimes, wisdom teeth puts pressure on your nerves, that not just causes pain in the jaw, but also the eyes, head, and ears. In addition, when the wisdom teeth erupts and puts pressure on the nerves and bone, the pain can get more severe. If the pain gets intense, it is advised to visit the dentist immediately. 

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2. Irritation and discomfort in the gums 

The crowded feeling in your mouth can cause discomfort in your gums. There is a chance of your tongue swelling up and causing problems while eating and speaking. Wisdom teeth causes mild or severe irritation and discomfort in the gums and second molars. 

3. Redness and swelling in the gums 

Another common sign that indicates your wisdom teeth are coming is redness and swelling in the gums. The gums that are present on the top of your wisdom teeth before they grow can cause redness or dark pink gums as the teeth push them. It leads to swelling around the area which can make chewing food and other simple tasks tough. In some cases, the swelling is also noticeable in your cheekbones and other parts, be it with or without pain.

4. Fever 

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Although uncommon, but in severe cases, wisdom teeth coming in can cause fever as well. Usually, if infections reappear around the wisdom teeth, it is a sign that they have been extracted. Fever might be associated with wisdom teeth growth. But, it is extremely rare and is mostly caused by infection, and not the growth of teeth itself. 

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5. Bad breath 

Bad breath is also a sign of wisdom teeth growth in some cases. During eruption, wisdom teeth can cause gaps in the back of your mouth that are hard to reach with a regular toothbrush. This results in rapid bacteria build up in that area. The bacteria growth causes bad taste in your mouth, or even bad breath. 

If you or anyone else is experiencing any of the above listed symptoms, you should consult with a dentist immediately. No matter how much the severity, wisdom teeth requires immediate medical attention from an expert. Wisdom teeth that erupts in an appropriate position and does not cause pain, does not need to be extracted mostly.