We know them as the “wisdom” teeth — but these third molars often cause painful issues when
they erupt. It can be difficult to identify problems with your wisdom teeth, but recognizing an issue is important when extraction is necessary. Is your pain related to your wisdom teeth? And why is wisdom tooth removal needed, anyway? Let’s take a closer look at these and other questions related to the third molars — the Drs. Boyd are your wisdom teeth experts.
What Are the Warning Signs of Problem Wisdom Teeth?
Problematic wisdom teeth require fast attention. Impacted wisdom teeth cause infection that can quickly spread to other parts of the body, damaging overall health.
Warning signs of impacted or infected wisdom teeth include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Chronic headaches combined with jaw pain
- Persistent bad breath (due to the infection)
- Improper jaw function
- Bad taste in the mouth
Don’t wait to seek attention when you’re experiencing these symptoms in the area of the wisdom teeth, behind your last molars.
Why Do Problems Occur With the Wisdom Teeth?
Problems occur with the wisdom teeth when there is not enough room for their proper eruption. Sometimes, patients have plenty of space in the gum line and the third molars grow in properly — but more often, the teeth are only able to emerge halfway. This occurrence is known as impaction, and leads to infection, orthodontic issues, tooth decay and gum disease.
Why Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Necessary?
If you’re experiencing the signs of an impacted wisdom tooth, extraction is the best way to move forward for continued oral health. Why? Impacted teeth cause a number of issues with the surrounding teeth. These complications of wisdom teeth include:
- Crowding of or damage to the surrounding teeth when there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to properly erupt
- Development of cysts (usually noncancerous) on the wisdom teeth
- Tooth decay and gum disease due to difficulty cleaning impacted wisdom teeth
What Can I Expect During and After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
The earlier wisdom tooth extraction is performed, the better. Younger patients heal faster, and the roots of their wisdom teeth are not fully developed.
Wisdom tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia and sedation as desired. It’s a procedure that involves exposing the problem wisdom tooth, removing any bone and other tissue that surrounds the tooth, and extracting the molar all at once or in multiple pieces.
Recovery from wisdom tooth extraction requires plenty of rest and a soft-foods diet for the first few days. Resume normal activities and diet as discomfort allows.
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Sometimes, wisdom teeth do not cause pain or other issues — but if you suspect you’re dealing with problematic wisdom teeth, don’t wait to seek treatment. Extraction is the best solution for relieving pain. Request an appointment with the Drs. Boyd today!