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How Do I Know When to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Published February 17, 2023 8:52 pm

Located at the very back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow. Though last to grow in, they are often the first and only teeth that we recommend for removal. Most wisdom teeth removal is a preventive measure to reduce the risk of dental damage. However, these five other signs let you know it is time to get your wisdom teeth removed.

1. Jaw Pain & Discomfort

When wisdom teeth begin to grow, there will likely be jaw pain and discomfort. However, when wisdom teeth grow in a blocked or misaligned path, jaw pain and discomfort can become more intense as the teeth are more likely to press on nerves and bone.

2. Red, Swollen Gums or Face

Similar to most injuries, swelling is a sign of impact or stress in the body. Wisdom teeth growth can cause tenderness and swelling, which can make chewing or speaking difficult.

3. Bad Breath

Have you noticed yourself chewing gum or popping a mint more than usual? Bad breath may be a sign of a deeper issue – trapped food particles near the wisdom teeth that cause bacteria to grow.

4. Overcrowding

We often encourage wisdom teeth removal when they are causing damage or are soon to be damaged. However, when a patient’s jaw doesn’t have enough room for their wisdom teeth to come out, and there is overcrowding, then wisdom teeth removal is necessary.

5. Sinus Issues

Did you know that the wisdom teeth in your top jaw can affect your sinuses? Wisdom teeth could push against your sinuses and cause congestion, headaches, and more discomfort.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Gypsum, Colorado

At Altitude Family Dental, our team can help determine whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed. During your routine visits, we can monitor how your wisdom teeth are growing and remove them just in time. Contact us to learn more about our wisdom teeth removal or for our thoughts on removal.

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