Wisdom teeth removal procedures are common to have high success rates, and most for people are medically necessary. If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed, you might wonder why you would need to. Signs you need wisdom teeth removal are not always obvious, and a trained dentist will be able to determine if it’s necessary for you. Yet when wisdom teeth grow in or “erupt” improperly, you can look out for some negative effects.

Signs You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the final permanent teeth to grow in. For most people, this happens between the ages of 17 and 25. For some, their wisdom teeth grow in with no complications. However, it’s common for wisdom teeth to grow in only partially or not at all. Partial eruption creates openings for infection and decay, while impacted wisdom teeth that never break through the surface can cause problems under the surface. Your dentist can use X-rays to look for potential issues, so regular check-ups and cleanings are good preventative practices. Check for these signs you need wisdom teeth removal:

  • Persistent pain or stiffness in your jaw 
  • Swollen, inflamed, or bleeding gums – Signs of infection under the surface
  • Bad breath – Evidence of gum disease
  • Alignment problems – Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause crowding and issues with your bite
  • Cysts – Can cause nerve damage
  • Sinus issues – Sinus pain, pressure, and congestion can be caused by infection
  • Cavities – Swollen gums can be hard to clean, leading to harmful plaque buildup
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth

Impacted wisdom teeth might not cause any noticeable problems. However, it is common for impacted wisdom teeth to lead to infection or decay under the surface as you age. Many people have their wisdom teeth taken out when they are young to avoid problems down the road. 

Some of these signs you need wisdom teeth removal could also be symptoms of other dental issues, so consult your dentist if you are concerned.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

Before the procedure, make sure you have transportation home as well as time to rest afterward. First, your oral surgeon will use either sedation, general anesthesia, or a local anesthetic so that the procedure is painless. Wisdom teeth removal starts with a small cut in the gums so that the surgeon can get to the tooth and its root. After removing the tooth, your surgeon will close the wound with stitches and pack it with gauze to help stop the bleeding.

Some pain or bleeding after the procedure is typical. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can provide relief. While recovering, you should take time before returning to your regular activities. Eating soft foods can also help you avoid irritating the wound.

Wisdom Teeth Removal at Columbia Smiles

Columbia Smiles provides wisdom teeth removal as well as general dentistry services, cosmetic dentistry services, and dental trauma services. We know that a wisdom teeth removal procedure could be an anxiety-inducing experience for some. That’s why we’re here to answer your questions and walk you through the procedure. Contact us at 410.690.4855 today for a consultation on your wisdom teeth removal.