How to Know When You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Out
Most people who get their wisdom teeth pulled do so when they are in their late teens or twenties. There are differing opinions among dental professionals regarding wisdom teeth extraction and whether it is necessary, so if you are unsure, you will want to talk to your own dentist about it. If you are wondering about it, however, here are some guidelines that may help you to know when you might need to have your wisdom teeth out.
Why You Might Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
The thought of oral surgery might be a scary one, but often it is necessary—especially when it comes to complications that can arise with wisdom teeth. Some people do not develop complications and never need their wisdom teeth out. That is not always the case, though, so if you experience any of the following, you will want to talk to your dentist.
- Your wisdom teeth are causing crowding. Most people have enough room for 28 teeth, so putting in four more for a total of 32, often means there just isn’t enough room in the jaw. This can cause the rest of your teeth to shift and become misaligned. Or the wisdom teeth will fail to fully erupt, simply because there isn’t ample space.
- You are experiencing gum pain in the area near your wisdom teeth. This might mean you have an infection, particularly if your wisdom teeth are only partially erupted.
- Your wisdom teeth came in sideways, which will eventually cause your other teeth to shift and move. Poorly aligned wisdom teeth can even damage adjacent teeth.
- A cyst has formed around the wisdom tooth because the area next to the tooth had filled with fluid. This can destroy surrounding tooth or bone.
When You Have Made the Decision to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Make sure you talk with your dentist professional to ensure you understand fully the entire procedure. You will want to know how many teeth will be removed; some dentists will take out all four at the same time, others won’t. Find out what kind of anesthesia will be used and how long the procedure is expected to take. Talk about post-surgery care so you can be prepared.
The more you know about having your wisdom teeth extracted, the less scary the procedure will seem. If you have wisdom teeth in the 78654 area code and you are unsure if they need to be removed, call us at Bright Smiles Family Dentistry.