There are many pleasant rites of passage in life. When you are little, you learn to walk, and as a teenager you graduate from school. The milestones for adults can be a little more dubious, however. One of these involves your wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to come in during your adult years (hence the name), but unfortunately, most people’s mouths are not able to accommodate them, meaning they usually need to be removed. The question is when should you do this? Dr. Firas Katabi and Dr. Emily Smythe, your local oral surgeons, are going to share 3 signs that mean you might need wisdom teeth removal in 60647.
1. Your Teeth Are Starting To Move
One of the most common problems with wisdom teeth is that they frequently come in crooked. This can cause them to become impacted (meaning that they are blocked from completely coming in), which can make your other teeth start crowding, and this can affect how your jaw fits together. If your teeth are starting to move or your bite is feeling uncomfortable, it could be a sign your wisdom teeth are trying to come in.
2. Consistent Pain
Your wisdom teeth may cause you periodic soreness from time to time, but they can also lead to consistent pain. If you are feeling a throbbing sensation in your jaw or pain around your wisdom teeth, this could be a sign they are under pressure from your other teeth, and may even be infected. At this point it’s best to contact your oral surgeon immediately, as this pain will often only get worse as the teeth continue to come in.
3. Difficulty Eating
Not only can they affect how your bite comes together, but when you eat with wisdom teeth that are partially erupted, food can easily get caught in the gum flap that covers them. This, in turn, could cause your gums to become infected, leading to a host of other problems. You may not always be able to brush well in the back of your mouth to prevent this.
What You Can Do
The best way to determine if you need wisdom teeth removal in Chicago is to schedule an appointment with us at Armitage Oral Surgery. Dr. Katabi or Dr. Smythe will examine your mouth and look for the visual signs, as well as evaluate any discomfort you might have. Once it is confirmed that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, you will need to schedule a time for the minor surgery. Depending on how the teeth are coming in, you may have them removed two at a time or all at once. It is generally recommended to have them all removed at the same time to save you the trouble of a second appointment, as well as reduce your overall recovery time.
It is possible to live with your wisdom teeth if they are not bothersome, but that is not the case for the vast majority of people. Often, the best approach is to remove them before problems occur in the first place. Your general dentist will be able to advise you on when they should be removed. If you are feeling any discomfort that you think may be caused by your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate, and be sure to call us today.