What Are The Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Have you ever wondered why we even have wisdom teeth if most people have to get them removed anyway?
Many scholars believe wisdom teeth were necessary when humans had to eat raw meat, vegetables, and roots to survive.
We don't have to do that anymore, but we still get that third set of molars anyway, and they often cause problems.
This extra set of molars typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21, or the wisdom years, hence the name.
They are not always functional and can crowd your mouth and cause problems for the rest of your teeth in the future.
Most dentists recommend an initial evaluation of your wisdom teeth between the age of 16 and 19 to see how they are progressing.
The older you get, the more difficult it will be to remove the teeth, because the bones in your mouth get harder as you age.
If you haven't had an evaluation by your dentist, how do you know when it's time to say goodbye to those pesky teeth?
There are several symptoms you can experience that are signs that you need to take action and get your teeth removed.
In the article below, we will discuss a few of those signs.
Table of Contents
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
- Persistent Pain
- Sensitive Gums
- Crooked Teeth
- What Can You Expect From Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery?
- Contact Hylan Dental Care
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Sometimes wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they don't have enough space to properly emerge from the gums and develop normally.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several symptoms of their own, like:
- Jaw pain
- Swelling or Stiffness in the Jaw
- Bad Breath
- Swollen, Tender or Bleeding Gums
- Difficulty opening your mouth
Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth won't have any symptoms.
However, dentists and oral surgeons will recommend having them removed so they don't cause any issues in the future.
The most noticeable signs that you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed is an almost constant pain in the back of your mouth.
You could feel pain when you eat, brush, or just randomly throughout your day.
No matter when you feel the pain, the best thing you can do is make an appointment with your dentist to have it checked out.
If your wisdom teeth are coming in sideways or misaligned, the pain will only get worse the longer you have them untreated.
As we mentioned earlier, your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth.
Wisdom teeth can emerge in several ways, including horizontally, towards or away from your other molars, or even angled inward or outward.
When they emerge in any of these ways, the tissue around your emerging wisdom teeth can become extremely sensitive.
The sensitivity will only get worse as your teeth make their way through your gums, damaging the tissue and potentially leading to consistent infections.
As your wisdom teeth come in, the gum tissue around the teeth can become sensitive, swollen, tender, and painful when chewing, brushing, and flossing.
If your wisdom teeth come in crooked, they can cause the other teeth to shift and move over.
They could even damage the surrounding teeth when they start breaking through the gums.
Getting them removed can prevent the other teeth from taking damage and prevent future problems from arising because of it.
There are a few theories as to why wisdom teeth tend to grow out crooked and sideways.
The common belief is that our jaws aren't big enough to accommodate a third set of molars, causing them to bump into other teeth and grow in sideways.
What Can You Expect From Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery?
If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, and you're worried you will have to have your wisdom teeth removed, you are probably wondering what's involved in the actual surgery.
Luckily, wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common surgeries, and it is a routine procedure at this point.
If your teeth are impacted or require removal for any other reason, then an oral surgeon will perform the procedure.
It's a very straightforward surgery that your oral surgeon has likely performed hundreds of times.
Once your wisdom teeth are removed, the surgeon will use surgical denture sutures to close the wound to allow for proper healing.
They will also give you something to help with the pain and swelling, a mouth rinse, and special post-care instructions to help keep the wound clean and avoid infection.
Healing from any surgery can take a while, but the recovery for wisdom tooth removal is pretty straightforward.
A diet consisting of soft foods or even liquids will be required for a few days after the surgery to avoid chewing on the area and to help with the pain.
You should also ice the area for a couple of days following the surgery or as needed for pain.
It will be imperative to follow the cleaning instructions during your recovery to ensure there are no complications following the surgery.
Contact Hylan Dental Care
If you feel like your wisdom teeth are causing you problems, or you have any of the symptoms we talked about above, the best thing you can do is see your dentist.
No matter what condition your teeth are in, visiting your dentist regularly can prevent painful occurrences later on.
You should also maintain a healthy dental routine along with a healthy diet that will keep your mouth healthy and pain-free.
A daily routine of brushing, flossing, and using a quality mouthwash will keep your smile free from infection and pain.
And, most importantly, always follow the instructions of your dentist, no matter what you read online.
If you haven't been to the dentist in a while and need to get those instructions, contact Hylan Dental Care today for a free consultation.