Is it time to have your wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure, since most people don’t have enough room in their mouths to accommodate this extra set of molars. Quite often, they become impacted and must be removed by an oral surgeon. If you’re experiencing symptoms that indicate your wisdom teeth are impacted, talk to your dentist about having them removed.

Symptoms of Wisdom Tooth Impaction

Some people have plenty of room for their wisdom teeth, so when they emerge, there are no symptoms other than the initial discomfort of the teeth breaking through the gums. If there isn’t enough room, though, various other problems can develop. Common symptoms that indicate there might be a problem with your wisdom teeth include:

  • Discomfort in your other teeth as they are moved out of position
  • Changes in your bite
  • Swelling or redness in the gums where the wisdom tooth is emerging
  • Symptoms of infection, such as fever

If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your dentist. He will evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth as well as how they’re affecting your other teeth and determine whether they should be removed.

Some wisdom teeth never really emerge, but become fully impacted. This means they are present in the jawbone but can’t move down because there isn’t enough room. They often become wedged against other teeth. Your dentist can diagnose this problem with an X-ray, and will probably recommend removal.

Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you will probably need to see an oral surgeon. In some cases, the teeth can be extracted in your dentist’s office. However, if the tooth is either partially or fully impacted, the procedure becomes more complicated and may need to be performed under general anesthesia.

After removal, you’ll need to be careful about eating and drinking for a few days. You’ll also be prescribed medication to prevent infection and to reduce your discomfort. For the best odds for successful healing, follow all the instructions provided by your oral surgeon and watch for any symptoms of possible problems.

If you or a family member are needing wisdom teeth extraction, contact us at Jackson Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation with our professional team.

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