If you mention to anyone that you are getting your wisdom teeth, which tend to come in between 18 to 25 years old, you seem to get instant sympathy. It appears that everyone knows – even those people who haven’t gotten their wisdom teeth yet – that wisdom teeth, or your third molars, can be painful and irritating. The good news is you don’t need to go through the pain of erupting and impacted wisdom teeth. Your Monrovia dentist can easily perform wisdom teeth removal, under nitrous oxide or oral sedation to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Read on for 3 warning signs that you may need wisdom teeth removal.
1) Your Wisdom Teeth Are Erupting
When your wisdom teeth are erupting, or cutting through your gums, they can cause a tremendous amount of pain, swelling and bleeding at the back of the mouth, behind your existing molars. Because the mouth really only has enough room for your 28 existing teeth – and not the 4 new wisdom teeth that are trying to come in – erupting wisdom teeth can grow in misaligned or sideways. They can press on nerves and bone, and crowd your surrounding teeth. This means you may lose that beautiful smile you’ve invested so much time and money to achieve. Additionally, when wisdom teeth erupt and cut the gums, bacteria may enter through the open tissue, resulting in an oral infection that you may be able to detect if you have bad breath, even after brushing your teeth. If your wisdom teeth are erupting, it’s time to call your Monrovia dentist to discuss wisdom teeth removal.
2) Your Wisdom Teeth Are Impacted
If your wisdom teeth aren’t erupting, but you’re still feeling pain in the back of your mouth, it’s possible that they have become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are blocked by the jawbone or neighboring teeth from erupting through your gums. Impacted wisdom teeth become trapped in place beneath your gums, but their roots continue to grow, increasing your pain and risk for an oral infection. If impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause cysts and in some rare cases, tumors.
3) Your Wisdom Teeth Haven’t Come in Yet, But They’re Causing You Pain
Even if you are in the early phases of gaining your wisdom teeth, and they haven’t erupted yet, it still may be time to call your Monrovia dentist for wisdom teeth removal. If you have a dull or sharp pain, headaches and/or jaw discomfort, why continue to suffer? Wisdom teeth removal can alleviate all these symptoms, and prevent the side effects of erupting or impacted wisdom teeth discussed above.
I Think I Need Wisdom Teeth Removal. What do I do next?
If you think you’re ready for wisdom teeth removal, the best thing to do is to call Dr. Q at her Monrovia office to schedule a consultation. She will perform a full oral examination, and discuss the wisdom teeth removal process with you. Reach out to her today by calling (626) 599-9818.