Expectations for a Wisdom Teeth Consult
Posted on: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
It is a rare individual who still has all his wisdom teeth. Most people need to have them removed not long after they emerge, because there simply isn’t enough room in the mouth to accommodate them. If this back set of molars is beginning to arrive, and you’re experiencing discomfort, schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine the best course of action.
What is a Wisdom Teeth Consult?
If you’re in your late teens or early twenties, your dentist has probably been keeping track of your wisdom teeth over the years via X-rays. When they start to emerge, he’ll have a reasonable idea of whether there is room for them in your jaw. In most cases, these teeth are simply too big, and can’t properly make their way out of the jawbone.
During a wisdom teeth consult, your dentist will tell you whether your wisdom teeth are showing signs that there will be a problem and provide suggestions on the best approach to care. In most cases, you’ll need to have them removed by an oral surgeon. Sometimes, the teeth can be removed in your dentist’s office, but if they are impacted—that is, wedged against other teeth so they can no longer move—oral surgery will probably be required for successful removal. During your consultation, you’ll discuss your options and determine whether you need to have them removed right away, or take a wait-and-see approach.
How do I Know If My Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
When your wisdom teeth start to come in, if there isn’t enough room for them, you’ll probably develop symptoms indicating the tooth is impacted. These include:
- Persistent headaches
- Persistent earaches
- Teeth shifting out of position
- Ache in teeth that are being pushed forward by the wisdom teeth
- Symptoms of infection
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to our dentist about having your wisdom teeth removed. Together, you’ll decide on the best course of action and the optimal time for your treatment.