When is it Time to Have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Although they are technically known as third molars, wisdom teeth are known as such due to their very late appearance. In most cases, a person does not start cutting their wisdom teeth until they are in their late teenage years or even early to mid-twenties when in theory we are much wiser! Most adults have four wisdom teeth, one in each of the far corners of the mouth.
Unfortunately, their late arrival means that often, by the time they start to erupt there is not enough space for them to come through properly. They may twist and erupt crooked to take advantage of whatever room there is, or they may become impacted and not erupt at all. When wisdom tooth problems occur, it can cause significant pain and infections to occur. In many instances, the best course of action is to have them removed in a fairly simple, straightforward procedure.
Symptoms of a wisdom problem
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should arrange an appointment with our dentist to see if there is a problem with your wisdom teeth:
Throbbing or aching pain in the back of your mouth
Swollen and tender gums
Pain when biting and chewing Difficulty opening your mouth
Persistently bad breath
Pain in your ear, side of your face or jaw Headache
Reasons for wisdom teeth removal
There are a variety of factors that would indicate that it is time to consider wisdom tooth removal.
You are experiencing dental pain
Dental pain can be excruciating to live with. If you are experiencing pain around one of your wisdom teeth, or in the side of your face or jaw, your wisdom teeth may be impacted or infected.
You are struggling to eat
If you are in pain or have severe wisdom tooth swelling that is making it difficult to eat, our dentist may recommend that you book an extraction.
There is no room for your wisdom teeth to come through
If your wisdom teeth are trying to erupt but there is simply no space left for them to come through properly, you will almost certainly need an extraction. Letting them erupt crooked can cause damage to surrounding teeth, or encourage them to shift position, disrupting the alignment of your entire smile.
You suffer from pericoronitis
Sometimes flaps of tissue are created when wisdom teeth erupt, and these can trap bacteria and food debris. Eventually the soft tissue will grow hard and inflamed, a condition known as pericoronitis. By removing wisdom teeth, you can treat pericoronitis and prevent it from occurring again.
You develop a cyst around the tooth
Cysts are small sacs filled with fluid that can occur when there is a problem with your wisdom teeth. However, if you leave a cyst untreated, it can destroy your tooth roots, jaw bone and surrounding structures. In severe cases, a cyst may even turn into an oral tumor.
If you are concerned that you may need a wisdom tooth removal, contact us and make an appointment with our dentist to discuss your symptoms. He/she will be able to recommend if wisdom tooth extraction is the most suitable solution to your dental problems.