A lot of dental procedures are not black and white. What may work for one person may not work for another. That is why it is always essential to discuss the myriad of options available since the latest dental advancements. Whether you are a candidate for veneers or implants or you are considering Invisalign – talking it over with your provider is always step number one.
The same is true when it comes to your wisdom teeth. Not all teeth are created equal. Some wisdom teeth come in straight and do not affect the person at all. Other wisdom teeth grow sideways (impacted) under the gums and can cause a host of issues. The best way to know what to do about these is to talk with one of our excellent dental providers at Empire Dental, but here are a couple of straightforward things that may alert you that it is the right time to consider extraction.
The X-Ray Gives It Away
The most obvious sign that you should have your wisdom teeth removed is an x-ray that shows one or all of the molars are impacted. Having an impacted wisdom tooth means that it is growing at an angle, either diagonally or completely on its side. An impacted molar will push against other teeth. As it does this, the adjacent teeth can become damaged, loose, or even fall out. It is important to see your dentist at least twice per year and have updated x-rays. This will allow your dentist to decide whether or not the wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
Pain and Infection
Whether or not your wisdom teeth have come in fully, partially, or at all – they can still cause incredible sensitivity and pain. Any pain that you have should be addressed by a dentist, but the pain can escalate and cause infection as it rubs against adjacent teeth and gums. Infection in the mouth can turn serious quickly. We offer emergency dental appointments at our office. If you have this kind of pain, please contact us right away as this is a sign that we may need to extract the wisdom teeth.
The Deciding Factor
If you have not had your wisdom teeth extracted and have not been examined by a dentist in more than a year, it is time to schedule an appointment. Preventive appointments are essential at preventing serious gum disease, oral cancer, and issues that may cause more harm to your mouth – and your wallet – if ignored.
Our dentists and team are committed to giving you a healthy smile. Decisions about your oral health should always be between you and your dentist, but it all starts with you and your commitment to your teeth. We are here for you and we look forward to caring for your teeth!