Is it Time to have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
It is quite important to rely on the advice of your dentist or Oral Surgeon as to the decision of removing wisdom teeth, which very much varies case by case. Following such advice is a sound practice if you undergo regular check-ups. In such cases, examinations or x-rays will identify when wisdom teeth will grow in crooked and the recommendation is given to avoid complications and pain. However, should a case go undetected by prevention, a number of factors can influence the urgency of having these molars taken out. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors that impact why and when to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Damage to Other Teeth
Your mouth should not cause you pain, ever. If your wisdom teeth have begun to impact the surrounding teeth, generating pain and bite problems, this is a clear sign that removal should be undertaken promptly. If untreated, these teeth can go as far as changing the entire alignment of your teeth.
Gum disease and inflammation are two means the gums are affected by problematic wisdom teeth. Swollen gums are difficult to clean and prone to cause cavities or become infected. This is another classic case where removing your wisdom teeth will resolve current discomfort and prevent further issues.
We just mentioned infection but feel it deserves its own attention. An infection called ‘pericoronitis’ can cause negative impacts beyond your jaw, including your throat and neck. The mouth is the gateway to the body, so it’s not surprising mistreatment of it can extend from your head to your toes.
Along with your throat and neck, your nose is an area that is close proximity to your mouth and unsurprisingly suspect to negative consequences of untreated wisdom teeth issues. These typically turn out to be pressure, sinus pain, and congestion.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure definitely applies to dental care. Identifying and resolving wisdom teeth problems via removal will make the maintenance of your oral hygiene easier and better, reducing the odds of any of these stated issues from occurring.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, make sure to speak to your dentist or call us for a consultation. The sooner you can identify the source of the issue, the sooner you’ll be on the road to recovery and a pain-free mouth.