You have surely seen your friends after their wisdom teeth removal or the viral social media videos of others laughing after the procedure, but are you unsure if you have wisdom teeth yourself? If you find yourself Googling “Do I have wisdom teeth?” then we have the answer for you!
How to Tell If You Have Wisdom Teeth
The answer is simple, and complicated. The majority of people have wisdom teeth in their mouth and experience their sometimes painful growth in their late teens or early twenties. For others, it is perfectly natural to have no wisdom teeth at all, or even 1 or 2 instead of all four. One way to know without visiting the dentist is to explore your mouth gently at home. Looking back behind the rest of your teeth, are there painful lumps? Do they bulge on top or cause you discomfort? For some, the wisdom teeth may even break through the gums without you feeling pain or immediately noticing. Be sure to wash your hands and then take a look and see if you can sense the molars growing.
If you can’t tell on your own, it is possible that you don’t have wisdom teeth, or they may simply be far enough under the gums that you can’t tell if they are present or not. However, there is no need for concern as long as you are not in any kind of discomfort. On the same note, the next time you get x-rays with your oral surgeon, ask them to let you know if you have wisdom teeth that they can see. This will give you a good idea of what to expect in your future.
Rest assured, if you need wisdom teeth surgery or are beginning to sense the presence of your third molars, Shawn B. Davis at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute will take care of you and any concerns that you have! Contact us today: (435) 238-7083