Discover the telltale signs that may be warning you to get a wisdom tooth extraction.
About the time that your wisdom teeth start to erupt it’s a good time to setup an appointment with our Spokane, WA oral surgeons, Dr. Gailey. For the majority of people, wisdom teeth will need to be removed at some point, since these teeth can often cause more problems if they stay. Find out if it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed.
Many patients won’t experience symptoms when their wisdom teeth first start coming in, but this isn’t exactly an indicator that your teeth don’t have to be removed. One of the first things our oral surgeons in Spokane will do is take an X-ray of your mouth. Since not all dental issues can be see with the naked eye, we sometimes need imaging tests to help us detect signs of decay and to actually see how wisdom teeth are developing (particularly if they haven’t erupted or aren’t fully erupted).
Why Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed
If wisdom teeth are coming in crooked or partially erupted, they can cause crowding in the rest of your smile. And if you have already had braces to correct your alignment, the last thing you want is for your wisdom teeth to affect your smile. Misaligned wisdom teeth can also damage nearby teeth.
And if your wisdom teeth have only partially erupted, this opening in the gums leaves your mouth susceptible to decay and infection. So it’s always best to play it safe and have your wisdom teeth extracted before they cause serious issues for your smile.
Here are some of the common issues to look for that could be telling you that your wisdom teeth are causing problems and need to be removed:
- A stiff or painful jaw
- Swelling and/or pain near the wisdom teeth
- Dental pain caused by a crooked or misaligned wisdom tooth
- Gum or soft tissue irritation from the partially erupted tooth rubbing against it
- A cyst that forms on the gums (this is a sign of infection)
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms above then it’s high time you called the dental surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA for a consultation. There is wisdom in knowing when to have your wisdom teeth removed.