Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but a lot of people do. Wisdom teeth may cause severe pain or be completely asymptomatic. Here are a few signs your dentist will look for when it comes to whether or not your wisdom teeth need to go or stay:
Sometimes a wisdom tooth will only erupt partially through the gum tissue. This creates an opening in the gums that allows food and bacteria to pack into. Since areas like this are nearly impossible to clean, they often become a source of chronic infection. Pain, swelling and tenderness may be your first sign that something is wrong.
Decay on Erupted Wisdom Teeth
Because wisdom teeth are the 3rd set of molars to erupt, they are typically very difficult to keep clean. Even if they erupt completely straight into the mouth, some people find that wisdom teeth easily decay. Treating cavities on these teeth may not be a good investment, as tooth decay may simply reoccur a year or two later.
Impaction Against Neighboring Teeth
If the wisdom tooth is wedged into the next tooth, this pressure could create irreversible damage to the otherwise healthy tooth. Sometimes the tooth will experience nerve damage, movement, or decay due to difficulty maintaining oral hygiene in that area. Shifting of teeth throughout the rest of the mouth is usually evident.
Your dentist will take a panoramic x-ray to evaluate the development of the wisdom teeth and how they relate to the other structures surrounding them. Don’t wait before it’s too late – if your dentist recommends having your wisdom teeth extracted, early care can prevent problems from affecting other teeth.
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