Signs I May Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wisdom teeth usually appear in the later teen years. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth sometimes grow and cause pain and other problems in the mouth. The longer a patient holds on to wisdom teeth, the harder they can be to extract later. Dr. Jeffrey A. Kendrick, DMD performs wisdom tooth extraction at Heritage Dental Associates in Fayetteville, GA.

Is tooth extraction painful?

Dentists use either general or local anesthesia to sedate the patient. You don't feel the procedure, but you will need someone to help you afterward while you recover.

Several signs could mean you need your wisdom teeth pulled. Do you experience any of the following?

Congestion of the sinus areas

Sometimes wisdom teeth rub against the soft tissues of the sinuses, making it hard to breathe.

Need for straightening of the teeth

If your wisdom teeth do not fit in your mouth, they can cause crowding of the other teeth. Removing the wisdom teeth give your other teeth more room.

Cavities

Wisdom teeth grow in the back of your mouth. Because of this, it is sometimes hard to brush and remove all the food that may be stuck. This can lead to cavities in the wisdom tooth and the teeth surrounding it.

Pain and inflammation

It can be hard to chew or brush your teeth because of the discomfort. There may also be irritation of the gums and swelling. You may also experience pain in the jawbone.

If your answer is "yes" to one or more of these, you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Check with your Fayetteville, GA dentist to see if wisdom teeth extraction can bring relief from any of these conditions.

Maybe you have been looking for a dentist and are thinking about getting your wisdom teeth removed. If so, reach out to Heritage Dental Associates in Fayetteville, GA. Call 770-460-9795 to make an appointment.