4 Signs You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

November 21, 2022
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Wisdom teeth are your last teeth to erupt, usually in your late teens or early twenties. However, wisdom teeth are not necessary for speech or chewing. So your dentist or oral surgeon may suggest removing them if they affect your oral health.

If you are wondering whether to keep your wisdom teeth, learn about four signs that indicate you should remove them.

1. Painful Gums

Gums that hurt are a common sign your wisdom teeth have broken through or started to cause problems. You may experience mild pain when brushing your teeth, eating, or resting. Although this discomfort can subside, severe pain may need medical treatment or oral surgery.

Wisdom teeth are hard to floss and can increase the risk of infections, tooth decay, or cysts by enabling bacteria buildup in and around the gums. In addition, if you experience stiffness or swelling in your jaw, this can be due to shifting teeth. 

So, visit your dentist to determine what has caused your painful gums. They may recommend removing your wisdom teeth for long-term relief.

2. Impacted Teeth

Sometimes, wisdom teeth erupt partially  when one has a small jaw or mouth. These teeth are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth.

Unfortunately, impacted wisdom teeth are more prone to dental problems and disease. Wisdom teeth cause pain and damage to neighboring molars when they come out sideways or partially. Also, your wisdom teeth can become susceptible to decay and infection because they can be hard to clean.

Other issues of an impacted wisdom tooth include damaged adjacent teeth, earaches, headaches, strange tastes, bleeding gums, pressure, and discomfort. More severe infections include gingivitis (gum disease due to toxins from plaque) and cellulitis in the tongue, cheek, or throat. 

Additionally, impacted teeth can cause crowding by pushing against other teeth. Seek medical attention when you develop an impacted tooth.

3. Sinus Problems

Sinuses are air passages behind the nose, inside cheekbones, and forehead; they make breathing easy. As the roots of the upper wisdom teeth develop, they can push and put pressure on the sinuses, causing sinus pain, headaches, and congestion.

Moreover, wisdom teeth can cause a sinus infection. If the pain is limited to your lower teeth, you might have an oral issue and not a problem with your sinuses.

But if the tooth pain is in your upper jaw in the back of your mouth and you have nasal discharge or even bad breath, you likely have a sinus infection. In this case, your dentist might advise removing wisdom teeth to reduce or remove the pressure on the sinuses and alleviate jaw pain and headaches.

4. Tooth Decay

If you have cavities in your wisdom teeth, an extraction might be good. Tooth decay can affect anyone. When starches and sugars from food remain on one's teeth, bacteria can build up and damage the enamel, creating small holes called cavities. When left untreated, cavities can threaten a tooth's health. 

Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can easily decay since you can't effectively clean them, as they are in the back of your mouth. Also, some people do not spend enough time brushing their molars or do not floss at all.

Oral hygiene also suffers when your teeth are crowded or crooked since bacteria can easily accumulate. Before long, you often have cavities, as well as pain and discomfort.

Contact Airport Road Dental Associates, PC, today if you need advice about wisdom teeth removal. Our team will be happy to help you develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your concerns. We look forward to helping you with all your dental care needs and concerns.