Having pain with your wisdom teeth? 5 signs they need to be removed by our dentist in Walkerston

Most people assume that once you have reached 11 years of age, all of your adult teeth have erupted and you can now look forward to a life with all of your permanent teeth.dentist-in-walkerston

However, the majority of the population will begin to notice the eruption of 4 more teeth between the ages of 13-17 years, located at the back of the mouth. Called wisdom teeth, these are often problematic and can cause discomfort in your jaw and your mouth.

As you can imagine, the main issue behind these teeth aching so much is that they rarely fit comfortably in your mouth. And so, as soon as they begin to erupt, you should contact our team at Walkerston Dental to discuss treatment options.

At Walkerston Dental, we know all about wisdom teeth and can offer you the most appropriate treatments to alleviate your discomfort. Our dentist in Walkerston will aim to take X-Rays of your jaw to ensure your wisdom teeth aren’t going to cause any issues to the surrounding area and, depending on the results, will formulate a treatment plan. Simple!

But what are some of the signs that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? Our dentist in Walkerston provides the following insights.

Sinus issues

Do you frequently suffer from pressure headaches, congestion or sudden sinus pain? It may be your wisdom teeth and you need to see our dentist in Walkerston for a check-up.

The nerves in the mouth, ears and nose are all connected and so, issues with the wisdom teeth can cause problems such as runny noses or headaches.

Discomfort at the back

An obvious indicator that there are problems with your wisdom teeth is a persistent ache at the back of your mouth. If you notice this discomfort and don’t address it, you run the risk of developing cysts or damaging the roots of surrounding teeth.

Stiffness of the jaw

As mentioned earlier, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 13-17 years on average, making them the last teeth to emerge.

As a result, your other teeth have to move around, which can lead to temporary discomfort in the jaw. However, once the teeth have erupted, the pain should subside. If it doesn’t, and you have stiffness in your jaw, this could indicate that there is an issue with the roots of the teeth which may require the extraction of the wisdom teeth

Foul smell

OK, bad breath is fairly common first thing in the morning and after eating strong-smelling foods like garlic. But if the eruption of your wisdom teeth is accompanied by an unpleasant odour or taste, this may mean that you have an infection and you need to see our team for an assessment.

Neck pain

As mentioned before, many nerves in the mouth, nose and neck are connected. If you frequently wake up with a stiff neck, pain in the back of your head or pain when turning your head, you may have an issue with your wisdom teeth.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.