When are you supposed to get your wisdom teeth removed? Is wisdom teeth removal necessary for everyone? What happens if you don’t get your wisdom teeth removed?
The answer to all these questions is, “Don’t panic.” You see, if you have questions like these at all, it’s likely because you’ve been avoiding the dentist already.
But you really don’t need to be afraid of dentists or the possible removal of your wisdom teeth. You don’t need these superfluous teeth, for one thing.
And their removal is relatively painless. More importantly, having them removed when you need to will prevent needless symptoms that would be quite painful.
So, then, how do you know if it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed? To find out for sure, read this guide.
Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
First of all, wisdom teeth removal is not always necessary. Some people keep their wisdom teeth without experiencing any complications. Others never have any wisdom teeth to begin with.
This illustrates the important point, here: we don’t need these teeth. Whether they’re a genetic anomaly or a leftover from evolution is irrelevant.
What matters is that it’s possible for these teeth to develop in mouths that have no room for them. In this case, they crowd and shove against other teeth. They fight for their rightful place in the mouth even though there isn’t one.
This is as uncomfortable as it sounds and can cause a variety of painful symptoms. Fortunately, removing these superfluous teeth prevents this.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Removal Be Considered?
Again, the way wisdom teeth emerge is different for everyone. But here are a few ways to know when/if wisdom teeth removal is right for you.
Ask Your Dentist
No one will understand your wisdom teeth vs the state of your mouth better than your dentist. More specifically, dental x-rays provide the only accurate indication of whether or not your wisdom teeth pose a threat to oral health.
So, when should you ask your dentist? Well, you should be visiting the dentist every 6 months for your cleaning. Therefore, they should be taking dental x-rays about once per year.
In other words, the only reason they haven’t already spoken to you about your wisdom teeth is that you aren’t seeing the dentist often enough. If you’re overdue for your cleaning, make an appointment and ask your dentist about your wisdom teeth right away. Or, if the topic simply never came up, ask your dentist at your next bi-annual cleaning.
Preventative Wisdom Tooth Removal
Hopefully, wisdom teeth will never be a problem for you. But the second-best scenario is that they can be removed as a preventative measure, before you experience any symptoms.
This is one reason why it’s important to see the dentist when you are young. Wisdom teeth typically emerge during one’s high school years.
At this developmental stage, the dentist can diagnose wisdom teeth problems early on. Then, they can be safely removed by a competent oral surgeon before problems arise.
Spot the Warning Signs
Lastly, you want to have your wisdom teeth removed if they are causing complications and painful symptoms in your mouth. We’ll go into these in detail next.
Symptoms and Signs That You Need Wisdom Tooth Removal
Now, let’s take a look at the specific signs that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Put another way, these are the complications that will arise if you don’t remove problematic wisdom teeth. Regardless, it should really go without saying that you should see your dentist if you are experiencing any uncomfortable oral symptoms.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
This is the afore-mentioned problem in which your wisdom teeth are ready to emerge but there’s no room in your mouth. The painful part is that they attempt to force their way out, anyway.
Usually, this means that they push against other teeth nearby. They could push sideways against the other tooth or start pushing the other tooth up to get it out of the way. Regardless, this results in pain and discomfort.
Wisdom Teeth Growing in Wrong
There are other ways wisdom teeth try to get into an overcrowded mouth, too. They might step outside the established line of your other teeth and “overlap” another tooth. Or, they come in crooked or twisted, or attempt to push through your gums in some other irregular spot.
In addition to being painful, this may cause bleeding in your gums as your wisdom tooth tears through them unnaturally. Additionally, this will require expensive braces or wisdom tooth removal to correct.
Pain While Eating
If you’re experiencing the conditions described above, you’ll most likely notice pain when you bite down on your wisdom tooth area. Of course, there are many conditions that cause localized oral pain/irritation. To know for sure that your wisdom teeth are to blame, speak to your dentist.
Pain at All Times
Furthermore, wisdom tooth problems could cause you to experience pain, swelling, and bleeding gums at all times, even when you’re not eating. Again, you must see your dentist about such symptoms. Only a dental professional can diagnose and correct these issues.
Do You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Have you experienced the symptoms described above? Or, are you overdue to see the dentist? If so, schedule a dental checkup appointment right away and ask a dental professional about wisdom teeth removal.
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