[:en]It’s always good to know what to expect when getting your wisdom teeth removed, but how do you actually know you need to get them out? Approximately 85% of adults in the United States require removal, but for some it is not a necessary procedure. As your local dentist, Smile Workshop Balch Springs knows plenty about wisdom teeth and when it is time to get them removed:
Possible Complications Caused by Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the remnants of an earlier stage of human beings. As dental health progressed over time, our molars stopped falling out during adolescence, essentially rendering them useless. As these teeth begin to grow, they often angle themselves in such a way that they grow into your other molars. When your teeth are crowded, they become harder to clean and can lead to serious tooth decay. Some wisdom teeth do not even fully emerge out of your gums. These can also grow horizontally, directly impacting the roots of your other molar teeth. If your wisdom teeth do not fully emerge, they essentially create an open wound in your mouth that is highly susceptible to infection. This often leads to severe gum disease. Since they develop within sacs in the jawbone, they can fill with fluid and create cysts in the back of your mouth. While this can lead to tumor growth in the mouth, they are usually benign, but will require oral surgery to be removed. These situations, as you can imagine, are quite painful.
Signs & Symptoms They Gotta Go
While there are many signs to be on the lookout for when observing the growth of your wisdom teeth, there is one glaringly obvious symptom that should not be ignored. If you are experiencing any sort of pain as a result of their growth, you probably need to have them removed. Another obvious sign is the growth of a cyst in your mouth. If you are experiencing this problem, make an appointment with your local dentist at Smile Workshop Balch Springs as soon as possible to discuss removal options. Inflammation of the gums is a common occurrence during wisdom tooth growth. Inflammation can lead to infection that is easily preventable through wisdom teeth removal. The least obvious of the complication symptoms is that wisdom teeth can severely affect your sinuses. As these teeth affect your gums, they can transfer these problems up your nasal cavity leading to pressure, congestion and pain. Luckily, wisdom teeth removal will quickly fix any and all of these problems.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of wisdom teeth growth complications, it is important that you have them checked by your local dentist. While 15% of the population will never experience these complications, an overwhelming majority of people will require this surgery. There is no right age to have these teeth removed, but most dentists recommend having them checked at the age of 15. Wonder if you need your wisdom teeth removed? Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!
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