How can you know whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out? Most people wait until their teeth start to hurt before they ask their dentist about it. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth taken out, but removing them before they cause problems can prevent discomfort and lengthy recovery times.
Here are 4 signs to look for:
Crowding of Your Anterior Teeth
As the 3rd molars start to form, they may begin to push into the back of the other teeth. This slight pressure pushes the teeth forward, which creates a chain reaction throughout the entire mouth. As teeth begin to shift forward, the very front teeth become crowded.
Swelling Along the Back of the Jaw
If infection develops around the erupting wisdom tooth, this can create swelling in the back of the jaw. Cysts are fairly common, as well as infection due to food packing under the gums around the tooth.
Wisdom tooth pain tends to come and go off and on as the teeth develop. It’s fairly common for the pain to be present one day but not the next. Eventually the pain may be closer together until it does not go away at all.
Food Packing Behind the Back Teeth
When there isn’t enough room for the tooth to erupt completely, it will only erupt partially through the gums. Areas like this are difficult if not impossible to keep clean. As a result, food starts to pack under the gumlines, creating bad breath, infection and decay around the adjacent teeth.
A quick x-ray and exam is all that you need to find out if your wisdom teeth can stay or need to go. Call your dentist today!
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