Do you need your wisdom teeth removed?

Panoramic x-ray image of teeth and mouth with wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth surface at the very back of the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 24. In many people, these teeth erupt from the gums only partially or never appear at all. If you experience any of the symptoms below, it may be an indication that you need your wisdom teeth removed.

The gum tissue around your wisdom teeth is often irritated. Crooked and partially erupted wisdom teeth make it harder to clean gums well. The accumulation of bacteria can result in the development of inflammation.

Your teeth are shifting. Wisdom teeth can cause bite irregularities resulting in pain, damage the aesthetic beauty achieved by braces or impede the proper fit of dentures.

You experience pain or swelling in the back of your mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to cyst formation in the surrounding gums. Pain could indicate the development of an infection in that cyst. Most often, cysts are asymptomatic but can be detected by your dentist in an X-ray.

You are experiencing frequent headaches and congestion. Adjusting your bite to accommodate an infection brought on as your wisdom tooth breaks through the gums can cause a tension headache. Headaches can also be caused when an infection travels from the mouth to the sinuses.

Put your mind at ease by scheduling regular checkups. Let your dentist know if you are experiencing any of these troubling signs. By partnering with your dentist, you can ensure the health of your teeth and gums for years to come.