The Importance of Extracting Wisdom Teeth
Posted on: Friday, December 15th, 2017
Most people will have to have a wisdom teeth extraction, usually in their late teens or early twenties. Because these last four molars are large, very few people have room for them, and they tend to become impacted or move other teeth out of alignment as they emerge. It’s very important to have them removed as soon as they start to cause discomfort, and sometimes even before, to prevent long-term problems with the rest of your teeth.
How to Tell if You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Generally, if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, they will cause discomfort or obvious problems with your teeth. In some cases, though, your dentist might recommend extraction before any symptoms occur. This is particularly true if the teeth are impacted. Your dentist might see on your routine X-rays that the tooth has become impacted and won’t be able to fully emerge and recommend that it be removed.
Some symptoms you might notice that indicate problems with a wisdom tooth include:
- Swelling in the gums at the very back of your mouth
- Other teeth aching or noticeably shifting
- Discomfort in the jaw
- Symptoms of infection
If you notice any symptoms that appear to be related to a tooth attempting to emerge, bring this to the attention of your dentist so he can determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Why Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Aside from the discomfort you experience when your wisdom teeth are impacted or infected, the rest of your teeth can be affected in ways that will cause long-term problems and even damage. Trying to add another set of four molars when there simply isn’t room will shift all your other teeth out of position, leading to crowding, misalignment, premature wear, and even eventual tooth loss. Pushing the teeth out of alignment can also lead to problems with the alignment of your jaw joint, which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder.
If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate your wisdom teeth may have become impacted, be sure to see our dentist as soon as possible to determine the best course of action to preserve your dental health.