At some point in their lives, most people will need to have at least one wisdom tooth removed. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that come in later in our lives when we have little to no room in our mouths for new teeth. Continue reading to learn about signs that may mean it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed.
The first and most common sign that you need your wisdom teeth removed is that they are causing you pain. Since the molars come in during our late teens or early twenties, our jaws have shrunk, and there is very little room for an extra row of teeth. This is why wisdom teeth can be very painful- typically a dull, aching pain felt in the jaw. You may find that certain foods that require more chewing can make the pain worse. If you are feeling this pain, it’s very important to tell your dentist as soon as possible to decide if you need wisdom teeth extraction.
Another sign that you may need your wisdom teeth removed is if overcrowding occurs. This means that teeth that were once straight begin to shift, resulting in problems such as gum issues, infections from trapped food, or one tooth moving in front of another. Once again, talk to your dentist right away if you believe your teeth are overcrowding. By visiting the dentist twice a year, they will be able to get ahead of the issue and schedule a wisdom teeth extraction before you feel too much pain.
Lastly, impacted teeth is another common issue from wisdom teeth coming in crooked. As mentioned above, there often isn’t enough room in the jaw for more teeth, which means that some wisdom teeth will grow in at an angle or in the wrong direction. This results in tenderness and swelling, or symptoms such as infections and damage to the surrounding teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth must be avoided at all costs, as they can cause jaw issues and serious oral health problems. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, it is highly recommended to speak to your dentist to remove them as soon as possible.
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