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What to Know About Wisdom Teeth

Having your wisdom teeth removed has become something of a rite of passage in recent years. Because wisdom teeth are the least essential for chewing and prone to cause issues, approximately 10 million are pulled yearly. Wisdom teeth that are straight and healthy and do not crowd the other teeth may be kept in place. Although wisdom teeth extractions have perks, such as being able to miss a few days or school or work, or the guilt-free ice cream binge, here are some of the more common and often painful indicators that you should have your wisdom teeth removed:

Tooth Aches

Healthy wisdom teeth, also known as “third molars,” should not cause pain. Wisdom teeth pain may signify a cavity, sinus pressure, gum disease, or even a cyst. Signs of infection may include puffy, swollen gums, as well as some unwelcome drainage. Because these issues tend to develop with time, it’s usually better to have the troublesome wisdom tooth extracted. 

Jaw Pain

When wisdom teeth “erupt,” they push over the gum line, causing a painful and heated sensation. This may be accompanied by pressure or a dull throbbing feeling in the gums closest to the jaw bone. Sore throats and swollen lymph glands under the jaw can be symptoms of a wisdom tooth infection. These symptoms might cause discomfort in the area around your jaw, as well as persistent chewing and eating difficulties. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, you may experience jaw discomfort as well as ear pain. 

Alignment Issues

An impacted wisdom tooth growing in at an angle might cause damage to the teeth around it. This can put more pressure on the dental nerves and bone, crowding the teeth around them. Some people may experience biting disorders and tooth shifting. Crooked Wisdom teeth may also cause alignment issues with existing dental work, such as bridges or braces. If your wisdom teeth are putting other dental work in danger, they must be removed even if they are otherwise healthy.

You may be able to preserve your wisdom teeth if they are naturally straight and healthy, and there is adequate room in your mouth for them. Your bite, the quality of your nearby teeth, and whether your wisdom teeth are simple to reach with a toothbrush and floss are all factors to consider. However, to avoid future problems, wisdom teeth may need to be pulled. Wisdom teeth that are impacted or have not fully developed can cause issues in the future. Because bone hardens with age, wisdom teeth extractions in adults are more complex and unpleasant than in youth. If yours will eventually need to come out, it’s essential to get them treated as soon as possible.

Wisdom Teeth Removal with Dr. Pollock

Ready to overcome dental pain with wisdom teeth removal? Our team is eager to assist our patients with personalized dental surgery options and treatments. Contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to schedule a dental appointment. We are available by phone at (469) 264-8921 or email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.

We look forward to helping people find relief from their dental pain!