Wisdom teeth are the large molar teeth at the very back of your mouth. Although wisdom teeth are natural, there are times when your dentist in Westfield, NJ may recommend having them extracted. If the wisdom teeth have already grown in, the wisdom teeth can be pulled. If they haven’t yet broken the gum line, oral surgery may be warranted to remove the wisdom teeth. Here are some situations and wisdom teeth signs that they may have to go.
1. You are Getting Braces
If you are getting braces or another alignment treatment, your wisdom teeth may need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet, there’s a strong chance that when they do, they could undo all the work that was done by your braces. If your wisdom teeth are already grown in, they may still have to be removed, to ensure that the other teeth in your mouth can be aligned correctly.
2. You Have Jaw Pain
Since wisdom teeth are located so far back in the mouth, they can affect your jaw in some cases. There are times when wisdom teeth have been known to cause pain or discomfort in the jaw when talking or chewing. This is one of those wisdom teeth signs that your dentist in Westfield, NJ can help to diagnose if you do have chronic jaw pain. If it turns out that your wisdom teeth are to blame, their removal may take care of your jaw pain permanently.
3. You Have Sinus Trouble
Because of the location of your wisdom teeth, their root structure can push and rub against sinuses, causing a host of sinus issues. If you have chronic sinus trouble, such as frequent headaches, runny nose, sinus drip, or pain or tenderness between your eyes, talk to your dentist at Creative Dental to see about the chances that your wisdom teeth are to blame. If they are, an extraction or surgical removal could solve your sinus problems.
4. You Have Gum Disease
Wisdom teeth are susceptible to gum disease just like other teeth in your mouth. Because they are so far back in your mouth, it’s quite difficult to clean wisdom teeth properly. This can lead to bacteria build-up, cavities, and ultimately gum disease. Gum disease can then lead to other problems, with the potential to spread throughout your teeth and gums. If your wisdom teeth have developed gum disease around them, it’s likely that your dentist will recommend their removal. These wisdom teeth signs include redness, swelling, tenderness or bleeding gums.
5. They are Impacted
Impacted wisdom teeth happen when they don’t grow in precisely. This can occur for a variety of reasons, but the result is the same. A painful, swollen area that will not resolve itself without medical intervention. If you do have impacted wisdom teeth, you’ll need to have them surgically removed.
We will be able to diagnose and advise you as to whether you have an oral health condition that may require the removal of your wisdom teeth. Call or email today to make an appointment to have your wisdom teeth checked.