Three Signs It’s Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth
While many people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed during their teens and 20s, the reality is that there is no set time to remove wisdom teeth. Some people have them removed early to nip any issues in the bud, while others wait until they’re adults to undertake the procedure. Some never have any problems with their wisdom teeth at all and leave them in their whole lives, so determining when to remove them can be a challenge.
Unfortunately, most of the warning signs that it’s time to remove wisdom teeth are fairly uncomfortable. So if you experience any of the following, give Dr. Robert Walley’s office a call, and as your general dentist, he can help relieve the pain and irritation and get you on the road to recovery following the extraction of those extra teeth.
#1 Your Wisdom Teeth Have Erupted Improperly
Some people can have their teeth erupt, grow into the backs of their mouths comfortably, and never have an issue with them ever again. Other people have their wisdom teeth erupt in all sorts of improper ways, and since most human mouths can’t accommodate them, this means it’s time to consider removing them.
If wisdom teeth are misaligned or crooked when they break through, it’s time to have them removed. Misaligned teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth and can even cause problems for the jaw and the nerves in your mouth. If they erupt and something isn’t coming in right, it probably is time to remove them.
#2 They Are Causing You Pain
This type of improper eruption also can cause a great deal of pain and open patients up to infection, but wisdom teeth can be painful long before they break through the gums. This type of pain may present itself during eating, brushing, or even at random times throughout the day. This is because all that misalignment and improper growth may be happening beneath the surface, and removal of the wisdom teeth at that point is the easiest way to relieve that pain over the long-term.
#3 A Cyst Has Formed around the Tooth
While they are not common, small cysts can form around impacted wisdom teeth, and these destructive lesions can cause all types of damage if left alone too long. Not only can they damage adjacent teeth, but they also can cause problems with the jaw and other tissue near the teeth. In a best-case scenario, an x-ray at your normal dental checkups will catch these early, but if left alone they can form into tumors that require further surgery to remove. To avoid that type of surgery and keep your wisdom teeth procedure as simple as possible, keep an eye out for these types of cysts forming around your rupturing wisdom teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
If you notice any of these symptoms, call the office of Dr. Robert Walley immediately so he can have a look at the problems and come up with a plan for fixing them. Removing wisdom teeth can feel like a huge undertaking, but that surgery is so much easier than feeling the pain that comes with not having them taken out.
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