10 Signs You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last of your adult teeth to emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. They can cause various issues if they don’t emerge correctly. At One Family Dental, Dr. Prasad Sanku has seen countless patients who needed Greenwood wisdom teeth extraction to keep their smiles healthy. But how do you know when it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed? Here are ten signs you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
- Pain: Pain is one of the most common symptoms indicating you need your wisdom teeth extracted. The pain is usually felt near the back of the jaw and can signal that the tooth is impacted or coming in at an angle, causing it to rub against other nearby teeth or gum tissue.
- Swelling: If you notice swelling near where your wisdom teeth are emerging, this could be a sign that an infection has set in and that extraction is necessary.
- Difficulty Eating/Clicking Jaw: When wisdom teeth come in at an awkward angle or become impacted, it can cause difficulty eating due to soreness or clicking when opening the jaw.
- Bad Breath: An infected tooth can cause bad breath due to bacteria building up in the mouth from food debris being trapped around the tooth.
- Cavities: Wisdom teeth cavities are prevalent because they’re located so far back in the mouth and difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing habits which leads to an increased risk of decay forming around them.
- Overcrowding: If other surrounding teeth begin shifting out of place when a wisdom tooth starts to come through, it could be a sign of overcrowding, and you should consider having the tooth extracted before further damage occurs.
- Headaches & Jaw Tension: Constant headaches or jaw tension could be caused by misaligned wisdom teeth pushing against one another or pressing on other areas of your mouth like nerves and gums, creating chronic discomfort for days until treatment is sought out for relief from these symptoms.
- Cyst Formation: Cysts form when fluid builds up around an impacted tooth. If left untreated for too long, it can cause serious damage, such as bone loss or resorption of neighboring nerves resulting in nerve pain radiating outwards from the source site. This requires immediate medical attention before any permanent damage occurs!
- Sinus Pressure & Congestion: Unregulated pressure on your sinuses due to impacted wisdom teeth can occasionally lead to congestion and even facial pain. If this kind of pressure becomes chronic, extraction may be necessary to relieve these symptoms as soon as possible!
- Gum Damage & Recession: Because wisdom teeth often grow into angled positions, it puts undue pressure on adjacent gums leading to a recession which exposes more areas below the gumline susceptible to potential damage from food particles entering crevices very easily – something best prevented through proactive removal before further recessions occur!
Can Wisdom Teeth Extraction Improve Oral Health?
Wisdom teeth extraction is a standard and often a necessary procedure to improve oral health. Although some people’s mouths can accommodate the extra teeth, for many others, these teeth can cause overcrowding, impact the alignment of other teeth, and create problems with chewing and speaking.
Extracting these teeth can help prevent pain, infection, and other complications and can help to improve the overall health of the mouth. In some cases, extracting wisdom teeth can enhance facial aesthetics and allow other teeth to align correctly and function properly.
Greenwood Wisdom Teeth Extraction
If any of these signs sound familiar, it might be time for you to visit One Family Dental for an evaluation of potential extraction needs from Dr. Prasad Sanku at our Greenwood office! We’re here ready with our team’s experience and expertise to help relieve any symptoms related to these common issues without compromising quality care while ensuring safety remains a top priority throughout all procedures at our practice!