Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
- Posted on: Jun 1 2019
One of the most common dental procedures is wisdom tooth extraction. Your wisdom teeth come in at the very back of your lower mouth, and while some people have no issues with them, others may have impacted teeth or other problems. When this occurs, they have to be removed. Sometimes, this is done because they’re causing you pain, but other times, it’s because your mouth has no space for them or because they’re having an impact on other teeth.
The question is whether or not it’s time for your wisdom teeth to come out. Here are a few signs that you do need to have these teeth removed.
You’re in Pain
One of the biggest signs that it’s time to have your wisdom teeth taken out is when they’re causing you pain. Healthy teeth shouldn’t ever cause you any pain. If your wisdom teeth aren’t coming in correctly, it can hurt, and that means they need to go.
They’re Moving Nearby Teeth Out of Alignment
If your wisdom teeth aren’t coming in right or if they’re stuck under the gums, they can cause nearby teeth to shift. This will change your bite and can be quite painful. You may not realize it’s your wisdom teeth at first because the pain is coming from the teeth next to them, though. You’ll definitely need to see a dentist and have dental X-rays done to determine exactly what the issue is.
In some cases, it may be best to remove your wisdom teeth early on before they can cause problems. For example, if you have a fairly small mouth, it’s very likely that your wisdom teeth will cause problems later on. It’s easier on your body to remove teeth when you’re younger. The bones in the jaw and mouth actually harden as you get older, making it more difficult to extract teeth. You also heal more quickly when you’re younger, so it’s often a good idea to go ahead and have your wisdom teeth extracted if it looks like they will cause issues later.
Need a great dentist to check out your wisdom teeth and let you know if it’s time for them to come out? Contact the office of Dr. Laurence A. Langer to make an appointment today.