When Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed

Oral and dental problems are something that everyone will undergo at one point in their lives — may it be tooth decay or an impacted wisdom tooth. One of the common reasons people visit their dentist is when the pain is related to their wisdom teeth. You can have the best oral and dental hygiene, and still, nothing can shield you against the pain caused by your wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth are part of your dental composition and will occur when you are 18-25 years old. 

Some people have wisdom teeth that erupt normally which means, they don’t need to have them removed at all. However, there are times when the wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow properly leading to several dental problems. Due to this, more people are considering removing their wisdom teeth the moment they get the signs that it is about to erupt.

In fact, some dentist recommends removing wisdom teeth before they have fully emerged. It is often advisable that wisdom teeth should be removed at a young age because its roots and bones are not fully formed yet which makes it easier to remove. Should you have your wisdom teeth removed? When should wisdom teeth be removed? According to dental experts, wisdom teeth should be removed when:

  • You feel pain

Pain caused by wisdom teeth is usually a result of impacted teeth. It is sometimes accompanied with dull, aching pain and tenderness in the affected gum. Aside from the pain, it can also cause damage to the nearby teeth and may lead to other dental problems. The pain can be treated with ibuprofen, however, the best option to fix an impacted wisdom tooth is to have it fully removed. 

  • You experience tumors

It is a rare case and often benign or noncancerous. However, if you feel that your wisdom tooth is causing you more than just pain such as the growth of a tumor, then there is no better treatment to this than the removal of your wisdom teeth. 

  • You get gum diseases

Pericoronitis is the dental condition wherein the gum tissues surrounding the wisdom tooth gets infected and becomes swollen. This condition is caused by a wisdom tooth that has partially erupted, breaking through the gum, and leaving an opening on the gum tissue for the bacteria to enter and infect it. 

  • You have an extensive tooth decay

Whether the cavity is in your wisdom tooth or any other teeth, it is important to have the decayed tooth to be removed. If this condition is left untreated, it can damage the nearby teeth or gives rise to a more serious dental problem such as periodontitis. 

  • You have a damaged tooth nearby

Aside from pain, impacted teeth can also damage other teeth near your wisdom tooth. If this happens, it is best to have the wisdom tooth removed so as not to cause further damage to your other teeth.

The decision to remove your wisdom teeth should come from you, but should also consult your dentist first since they always know what’s best for your dental health. Contact us at Smiles of Loudoun for more information about wisdom teeth.