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When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

January 22, 2019 | Blog

We all have wisdom teeth at one point in life, and we have all had a good laugh from the viral videos taken by family and friends of patients after wisdom teeth removal. If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed yet, you might be wondering when it’ll be your time to shine. If only your wise teeth could just tell you when they need to be removed – ironically, they cant. So here are a few signs it might be time to get your wisdom teeth removed.

Damage to the Rest of Your Mouth

Your wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that don’t come in until a little after the rest of your adult teeth. Therefore, your mouth fails to compensate space wise, causing your wisdom teeth to push against other teeth – creating pain and bite problems. Additionally, cysts can form around your wisdom teeth, causing nerve damage in the jaw.

Sinus Issues

If you have recently noticed unexplained sinus pain, congestion and pressure, it may be a result of your wisdom teeth. Remember, everything in your face is connected and working together.

Alignment Issues

As said previously, the rest of your mouth didn’t anticipate the arrival of your wisdom teeth. Therefore, as they grow in they begin taking up space that never existed in the first place, causing the rest of your teeth to adjust and shift. This adjustment can cause alignment and crowding issues that can result in added visits to the orthodontist.

Cavities and Inflammation

Lastly, the growth of wisdom teeth can cause swelling of the gums around them. The swelling is not only very painful but can also result in an increased risk of cavities.

For any more questions concerning the best time to have your wisdom teeth removed or to schedule your consultation, contact Gulf Coast Dental.

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