|Some wisdom teeth emerge without any problems, but many times wisdom teeth are often removed as a preventative measure, as they are prone to infection and other oral health problems. Even if your wisdom teeth are not currently showing signs of a problem, it is important to have them evaluated to make sure the wisdom teeth and the surrounding teeth and tissue remain healthy.
Signs of Trouble with Your Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth remain healthy and do not cause other dental problems, they may not need to be removed, but if you notice any of the following symptoms, it may be time to schedule an appointment with our office:
• Pain in the back of the mouth, often due to teeth that are growing in sideways or misaligned. They may also be pressing onto the bone or nerves, or they could be causing the surrounding teeth to crowd.
• When your wisdom teeth begin to erupt through the gums, bacteria will be able to enter into the open tissue, and this can result in an infection. Signs of an infection include bad breath, redness, swelling, and a bad taste when chewing food.
• If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may experience severe pain in the back of your mouth. Infection and other complications may also occur, and if left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth may cause cysts or tumors to develop.
The most common way that these symptoms are relieved is with extraction. This is typically done in our oral surgery office, under general anesthesia. If you have questions about the process, please contact our office today, and we will be happy to answer your questions!