How to Know If You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Each year, many patients have their wisdom teeth removed for various reasons. It is a standard procedure; however, it’s not often clear when it’s necessary to remove them and when they can be left in place. If the teeth stay in place for too long, it can cause pain and other dental health problems that need immediate attention.

To avoid this, you should have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as you notice a problem. Regular checkups with your dentist can help you determine if removal is necessary. You can also watch for these signs that it’s time to have your wisdom teeth extracted.


Mouth Pain


If you’re experiencing persistent pain in your mouth, it may be time to consider a dental procedure. But figuring out the cause of the pain can be hard because many things can cause this kind of problem. Wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth are a common culprit for persistent pain. The discomfort can often feel like pressure on your gums or jaw. But, it can also radiate to other areas of the mouth. To identify the cause of your pain, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a checkup and X-rays. Don’t ignore persistent mouth pain. It could lead to further complications if left untreated.


Swollen Gums


When your wisdom teeth are growing, they can cause your gums to become swollen and irritated. This can make your gums feel tight and hot, much like when a teething infant or toddler experiences teething pain.

Wisdom teeth often grow in the wrong direction and don’t break through the gums the right way. This causes pain and discomfort that lasts for a long time. The only way to fix this problem is to have the teeth surgically removed. This will relieve the pressure on the gums and stop the pain and discomfort from worsening.


Teeth Crowding


Wisdom teeth can be problematic for many people because they are larger than other teeth. Often a mouth simply doesn’t have enough room for them. When these teeth grow in for too long, they can even push your existing teeth out of position, causing crowding or misalignment.


Jaw Problems


The movement of your jaw plays a significant role in your overall health and well-being. Proper digestion requires effective chewing and processing of food, which cannot happen if your jaw’s movement is disturbed. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can sometimes interfere with the comfortable closing of your jaw. This can cause discomfort and pain and even lead to misdiagnosis with TMJ issues.


Continued Cavities


Wisdom teeth that have grown in at odd angles or caused crowding can create a challenge when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. This can leave your teeth more vulnerable to plaque buildup and cavities. If you notice an increase in cavities despite maintaining good oral hygiene, it may be worth discussing with your dentist whether your wisdom teeth could be the culprit.

If you require any oral surgery procedures, don’t hesitate to contact Concierge Smile Boutique in Culver City, California, at (424) 404-6400 to schedule a consultation. We are here to provide the highest quality care and support throughout your entire dental experience.