Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to erupt in the back of your mouth. They typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25, but not everyone gets them. Wisdom teeth can cause problems if they don’t have enough space to grow or if they grow in at an angle. In these cases, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend that you have them removed. But how do you know when it’s the right time to remove your wisdom teeth? Here are some signs to look for:

  1. Pain or Discomfort: If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in the back of your mouth, it could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are coming in or that they’re causing problems. This pain can be mild or severe and can be felt in your gums, jaw, or even your ear.
  2. Crowding: If your mouth doesn’t have enough room for your wisdom teeth to come in, they can cause crowding and shifting of your other teeth. This can lead to bite problems, tooth decay, and even gum disease.
  3. Infection or Gum Disease: Wisdom teeth that are partially erupted can create a pocket of space between the tooth and gum, which can trap bacteria and food particles. This can lead to infection, gum disease, and even abscesses.
  4. Cysts or Tumors: In rare cases, wisdom teeth can develop cysts or tumors. These growths can cause damage to your jawbone, teeth, and nerves, and may require surgical removal.
  5. Damage to Nearby Teeth: Wisdom teeth that grow in at an angle can push against neighboring teeth, causing damage and pain.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. They can take X-rays and evaluate your situation to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed. In some cases, your dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth before they cause problems, as a preventive measure. It’s important to follow your dentist’s recommendations to maintain good oral health and prevent future problems.

For a free consultation, contact the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.  We can answer any questions you may have and if it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed, we can schedule your procedure.