Wisdom tooth extraction seems to be a rite of passage for many young adults as they leave their teen years. It can be a dreaded experience, but often one that is necessary for good oral health. If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed and are unsure of whether you should undergo the procedure, knowing the signs that it is time for a removal can help you make the right decision.
- Pain – Oral pain can occur when eating or drinking cold foods or liquids. While it can be a normal sensitivity, if it occurs in the area of your wisdom teeth behind your last molars, it might be the sign that there is trouble brewing. Make note of where and when the pain occurs and how long the issue has been bothering you and let your dentist know.
- Infections – Persistent or repeat infections in the tissue behind your last molar, or gum disease in the tissue around the wisdom teeth can be the sign of a serious dental issue. While it can occur for several reasons, any infection is a sign that the health of your teeth has been compromised.
- Damaged teeth – If your wisdom teeth do not meet correctly it can create pressure for the surrounding teeth and even damage. The presence of wisdom teeth can also cause crowding in the jaw and can shift your teeth, creating issues with any previous orthodontic work.
- Impacted teeth – When the wisdom tooth does not come in straight, they become impacted below the surface of the gums making it nearly impossible to erupt through the gums. This can cause pain and tenderness as well as swelling and damage to the other teeth in your mouth. The sooner impacted teeth are removed, the better.
- The time is right – Often there are no signs that wisdom teeth need to be removed. Through a dental x-ray, your dentist may determine that they will not grow in properly and will suggest removal. The late teen years are typically the time when this becomes apparent.
Are you experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, or is it time to explore a wisdom tooth extraction? Contact the compassionate professionals at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics in San Antonio, Texas to determine the right time for this procedure. We offer a wide variety of dental care services including orthodontia and wisdom tooth removal.