How Do You Know If It’s Time To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?
Older…. But Not Wiser
Our wisdom teeth are funny things. Unfortunantly, they don’t make you wiser, and there’s a high probability that they’ll cause issues for you.
Wisdom teeth, also known as your third set of molars, are a set of four teeth: two on the top of your mouth, and two on the bottom. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Although, if you’re lucky– you might not even get them.
About 1/3 of people never even have to think about their wisdom teeth. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones, chances are– you’re going to have to get them removed someday. There are a variety of reasons we remove your wisdom teeth. However, just because you have them, doesn’t mean you’ll have to have them taken out. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
Wisdom teeth don’t always come in normally, and it’s pretty common for them to become trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be very painful. If they become impacted, this means they never break through the surface of your gums. If this occurs, and if you don’t have them removed– the pain will continue to get progressively worse.
They Come In At The Wrong Angle
If your third molars come in at the wrong angle, they tend to push around your other teeth. If you’ve ever had braces or invisalign, this can completely destroy the work they did. Even if you haven’t had any cosmetic dental work, they can shift your teeth around.
In addition to coming in at the wrong angle, your wisdom teeth can partially erupt. This occurs when they only partially break through your gums. You’ll know if this happens because it will hurt, and you’ll be able to visually see them sticking out of your gums.
Any kind of pain is a sign that something’s wrong. There’s no need to wait, the pain will not get better– only worse. Come and see us right away if you’re in any kind of pain.
Your Mouth Isn’t Big Enough
Sometimes, when people get their wisdom teeth, their jaw has no room for an extra set of molars. In this case, we would need to remove them so they don’t cause pain and cosmetic issues.
You Have Gum Disease or Cavities
Your third molars are in a very unique spot in your mouth, and since they’re so far back– they’re hard to clean and floss properly. We often times see patients who have gum disease and/or cavities in one, some, or all of their wisdom teeth. We recommend that you have them removed immediately if this is the case.
Make An Appointment
Because no one really wants oral surgery, people often put this off hoping their third molars won’t become a problem, only to have an infection sneak up on them. Because of that, we take walk-in wisdom teeth extractions at all of our locations. But, remember, it’s always better to deal with this before they become a problem. Book your appointment today!
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