Teens and adults often wonder: Is wisdom tooth removal necessary?
Even if your oral surgeon promises you’ll feel better afterward, it’s intimidating to think about having teeth removed, even when they’re causing a host of problems.
The good news is that if your wisdom teeth develop normally, they don’t crowd your other teeth and it’s easy for you to keep them clean, you may have the option to keep them. However, if you notice any of the six key signs of trouble listed below, chances are wisdom tooth removal is required for you.
1. They’re Coming in Crooked
Because of the lack of space in the back of your mouth, your wisdom teeth may push through your gums, but at an odd angle. When this happens, it threatens your other teeth. If they push against neighboring molars, it can crowd your mouth and ruin orthodontic work. It can also negatively affect your jaw.
Wisdom tooth removal is likely the only solution.
2. You Have Constant Pain
Whether it’s because of the tooth crowding or an infection, when wisdom teeth cause constant pain, they’re officially more trouble than they’re worth. It’s time to talk to your oral surgeon about removal.
3. It’s Hard to Eat
Are you finding it difficult or painful to chew your food? Is food getting stuck under the flaps of gums covering your wisdom teeth? Once you have them out you’ll be able to eat normally again.
4. You Can’t Keep Them Clean
Wisdom teeth that are wedged close together aren’t easy to clean. It also makes it difficult to clean your other molars too. If it’s impossible to brush and floss because of how they’re developing, it’s not a good idea to keep them.
5. Your Gums Are Red and Swollen
Tender, red, swollen gums are a sign of infection, and it’s not good for dental or whole-body health. If you notice puffy gums in the back of your mouth, your wisdom teeth are likely to blame.
6. They’re Always Infected
Bad breath. Foul taste in your mouth. Food tastes different. All these symptoms are signs of an infection, and if your wisdom teeth are causing them, you are probably enduring infection after infection. It isn’t healthy for the rest of your teeth, and it isn’t good for the rest of your body either.
Oral infections introduce bacteria into your bloodstream, and this increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Call Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery when you need wisdom tooth removal. We are here to make the process as painless as possible.