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3 Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
3D rendered xray of an impacted wisdom tooth (highlighted in red) butting against the tooth next to it.Wisdom teeth are an important set of teeth that come in later on in life. However, many people usually have their wisdom teeth extracted. In fact, studies show that five million Americans have their wisdom teeth extracted every year.

Dentists usually recommend the removal of wisdom teeth when they cause pain or discomfort. They may also recommend extractions if the wisdom teeth are damaged, or they have the potential to damage the neighboring teeth.

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

When wisdom teeth are impacted or crowded, it can cause pain and discomfort. However, there are a few other signs you should watch for, which can show if your wisdom teeth require extraction.

Inflamed Gums and Pain

When your wisdom teeth grow, they may cause slight irritation and swelling. However, swelling and pain in the gums or jaw may be a sign that your wisdom teeth are not coming in the correct direction.

This means that these wisdom teeth cannot break through the gums correctly. Thus, the only way to prevent the swelling and irritation is to extract them.

Teeth Crowding

One of the major problems that wisdom teeth cause is crowding. Because they are typically larger than the other teeth, they take up more space. The problem arises when the wisdom teeth inflict pressure on other teeth to make space for their growth.

A dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction to relieve some of that pressure. It also ensures that your teeth remain aligned.

Sinus Issues

There are many reasons why sinus problems may arise, such as allergies or cold weather. However, wisdom teeth can also cause sinus discomfort. This is because the roots of your upper wisdom teeth can grow into the jaw, causing excess pressure on your sinuses with resulting congestion.

If you experience any pain or swelling at the back of your mouth, consult with your dentist. This may be a sign that you need your wisdom teeth extracted. However, this can only be determined by your dentist. Thus, it is very important to keep up with all your dental appointments.
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