How to Know If You Need Wisdom Teeth Out
Wisdom teeth emerge behind the second molars between 17 and 25 years of age. Wisdom teeth can sometimes erupt upright without causing complications. Some wisdom teeth, however, can erupt at an angle and harm the gums or damage surrounding teeth. The impacted wisdom tooth will have to be removed to prevent gum disease, cavities, and overcrowding.
If your wisdom tooth is impacted, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our orthodontist specialist for an evaluation. Your gums and teeth will be thoroughly examined by our dentist at Chicago Dental Esthetics. Our professional orthodontics team will give you a schedule for your wisdom tooth extraction procedure after the initial visit.
Should an Impacted Tooth Be Removed?
It is not always necessary to extract impacted teeth if they are healthy and not causing any issues. An extraction is unnecessary if it does not affect your daily oral hygiene routine. Extraction is not required if the wisdom tooth erupts above the gum line and does not cause any problems.
Some wisdom teeth may not have adequate time to erupt through the gum line. An improper emergence of the wisdom tooth can cause multiple oral health problems. You will have to undergo a dental procedure for an impacted wisdom tooth that causes pain and discomfort. You may also remove a wisdom tooth that emerges without causing dental problems. Extraction can prevent oral health issues in the future.
Signs Impacted Tooth Should Be Removed
Watch out for signs of an impacted tooth so that you get to a dentist in time for an intervention. Wisdom teeth can emerge at different angles, and the symptoms may vary accordingly. Some patients may not experience any pain and discomfort. They may only discover their wisdom tooth is impacted after a dental examination.
Other cases of wisdom tooth impaction may cause discomfort, ranging from mild to severe. One of the symptoms is pain that radiates across the jaw and face. Headaches are a common complaint for people with impacted wisdom teeth. Redness and swelling of the jaws and gums are another sign of tooth impaction. If it causes an infection, it may affect your taste. Wisdom teeth may make it harder to open your mouth all the way. Chewing food could prove to be challenging with jaw pain and discomfort. The infection may cause bad breath even after brushing and flossing your teeth.
What to Expect from an Impacted Tooth Procedure
The diagnosis involves taking x-rays to see the position of the impacted tooth. The x-rays can help predict the tooth's growth pattern and whether it will cause overcrowding. A dentist is able to monitor the tooth and your oral health and responds to any potential issues arising. Timely diagnosis is essential in preventing complications such as jaw and teeth misalignments.
After establishing the tooth's position with x-rays and tests, the patient may undergo a surgical procedure. The procedure will depend on the condition of the impacted tooth. It may be necessary to address a cyst, which means the process may require additional steps before extraction.
Consult our highly trained team at Chicago Dental Esthetics to learn more about our impacted tooth procedure. Call (847) 677-1119 to book an appointment.