Wisdom teeth are a true mystery to many Americans, while others know the story a little too well. Most people eventually get their wisdom teeth at some point in their lives and most of those people experience problems related to the teeth. On the other hand, for many other people, wisdom teeth never break the surface, and some people get their wisdom teeth, but they cause no problems and don’t need to be removed.
Most dentists will tell you that removing your wisdom teeth when you can is always the safest route. This is because if left alone, wisdom teeth can cause serious pain and complications for your mouth
How to Know if You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
The number one sign that you need to remove your wisdom teeth is pain. Pain is usually the first indicator, especially for people who don’t regularly visit the dental office. As mentioned earlier, wisdom teeth typically cause complications. This is because they don’t usually grow straight. The emerging teeth typically push into your existing teeth causing them to become misaligned and causing you significant pain.
Another sign that the wisdom teeth need to go is damage to your teeth. Once the pain starts, you may notice that your teeth start to become misaligned. Over time, this will only get worse.
The third reason your dentist may want you to remove your wisdom teeth is because they have become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth never fully grow or emerge from the gum line. Some stay under the gum line and even grow directly into the jaw causing pain. If the tooth partially emerges, it can trap food particles and cause bad breath and infection.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk to your dentist about removing your wisdom teeth. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or stop into the office today.