Time for Wisdom Tooth Extraction? The Signs To Look For
Do you ever feel like your wisdom teeth are trying to tell you something? Unfortunately, the reality is that tooth pain isn’t a sign of wise advice coming through; it’s usually an indication that something has gone wrong in your mouth.
If you’ve been experiencing discomfort, pressure, swelling, and other symptoms in your lower molars recently, then it may be time to consider a wisdom tooth extraction.
In this blog post, we’ll explain exactly what signs you should look out for and how to prepare if surgery is recommended. Read on to learn more.
Signs You May Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
If you’re experiencing any kind of issues with your teeth and/or gums, it’s always best to contact an experienced dental professional. However, here are some of the things that could indicate you need a wisdom tooth (or teeth) extracted.
Gum Pain or Discomfort
The most obvious and telltale sign that it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed is pain or discomfort around the extraction site.
If you experience any type of soreness, sensitivity, bleeding, or swelling, this could indicate that your wisdom tooth needs to come out. This pain or discomfort may also cause headaches, jaw stiffness, and difficulty opening your mouth fully.
Another sign that it might be time for wisdom tooth extraction is infection. If the area around your wisdom tooth becomes red and swollen, this could indicate an infection that will require professional treatment.
Oral infections can cause serious health problems if left untreated, so make sure to consult with your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any signs of infection.
Jaw pain can be an indicator that wisdom teeth are growing and need to be extracted. They usually start emerging around the ages of 17-21 and as they grow, they can cause inflammation, pressure, and even infection in the area surrounding them.
If not treated in time, they can cause extensive damage to other nearby teeth, the nerves and gums resulting in wide ranging symptoms such as pain, swelling and redness.
To avoid any complications from a late wisdom tooth extraction it is important to visit a dentist for regular checkups so any signs of inflamed or misaligned teeth can be identified at their earlier stages.
Many people experience the growth of cysts around their wisdom teeth, which are an indication that removal may be necessary.
Cysts are fluid-filled sacs resulting from infection or inflammation, and can cause jaw pain, difficulty opening your mouth, as well as swelling in the area. Therefore, if a cyst is present then it is important to seek professional dental consultation to examine the situation, since leaving it untreated could lead to potential damage to other adjacent teeth and tissue.
Wisdom tooth extraction can remove infected tissue and reduce the risk of any further harm. It is best to speak with an experienced dentist who can properly assess your condition and develop a custom treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
Overcrowding can also indicate that it’s time for wisdom tooth extraction. When your mouth does not have enough room for all 32 teeth (including four wisdom teeth), overcrowding can cause alignment issues with other teeth and pain or discomfort in the jaw area. You may even notice the shifting of other teeth due to having too many in one area.
Schedule Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction Today!
If you experience any combination of the above signs, it may be time for a wisdom tooth extraction. Fortunately, we can help with that.
Our team at Evers Dental Center offers a variety of general dental services including extractions. Contact us today to request an appointment!