When to Get the Wisdom Tooth Removed?

The process of taking out a tooth isn’t usually that complicated unless it’s a wisdom tooth. Even though normal and even surgical tooth extractions are common, having your wisdom teeth taken out can be a much more complicated process for both you and your dentist, depending on why they need to be taken out. It’s not always easy to tell if your wisdom teeth need to come out, so it’s best to see your dentist regularly in case any problems come up.

In this post, we’ll talk about when to get a wisdom tooth pulled, how it’s different from other tooth extractions, and how the process works, including what to look out for and what to do before the procedure. We hope this gives you the information you need to talk to your dentist and make the right decision about your oral health.

Reasons Wisdom Teeth May Need to be Removed

Wisdom teeth are important to our mouths and smiles, but they may need to be taken out for a number of reasons. If you have one of these problems, the first thing you should do is talk to your dentist about your options and whether or not you need to have a tooth pulled.

Problems with Crowding and Space

When your mouth is too full, you may need to take out your wisdom teeth. If your teeth don’t have enough space around them, it can lead to problems like teeth moving out of place and teeth rubbing against each other. This can cause cavities and tooth decay, and if it’s bad enough, it can even cause some teeth to fall out. When the wisdom teeth are taken out, it makes room for the other teeth to work normally.

Infected Teeth 

If you have signs of infection, your dentist may also decide to take out one or more of your wisdom teeth. Most tooth infections happen deep in the roots or near the gum line. If it isn’t treated, it can spread to other parts of the mouth and the body and cause serious health problems, like heart problems and other issues.

Even if only one tooth is infected, it may be necessary to remove other teeth to stop the infection from spreading and protect the teeth around the area where the infection started. In addition to taking out your wisdom tooth or teeth, your dentist will likely give you antibiotics.

Cracked or Damaged Teeth 

If any of your wisdom teeth are broken, cracked, or have other signs of decay, your dentist may decide that they need to be taken out. Due to where it is in the mouth, a damaged wisdom tooth can be hard to fix. Depending on how bad the damage is, removing the tooth is often the best way to fix the problem.

Most of the time, it’s better to get rid of wisdom teeth than to try to fix them. This is because they don’t affect how well you can eat, and getting them out is a common procedure that most people have to go through at some point.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

When your wisdom teeth get stuck, this is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to you. A tooth that is impacted is basically one that is buried under the gum. When a tooth doesn’t come all the way out of the gum, it can cause a lot of other problems, some of which we’ve listed here, like crowding, infection, damage, and more.

In fact, if you don’t take care of an impacted wisdom tooth, it can hurt your gums and the way your mouth is built, which will lead to much more difficult treatments.

Even though removing a normal wisdom tooth is already complicated and may require sedation if the tooth is impacted, the process is even more difficult when the tooth is impacted. The dentist will have to figure out where the tooth or teeth are and the best way to take them out. This may mean cutting into the gum line to get the tooth out of where it is buried.

The situation gets worse and the dentist needs to act faster to stop more problems from happening the more teeth are impacted and the bigger they are.

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If you’ve been having problems with your teeth, it could be because of your wisdom teeth. Even if you don’t think you need your wisdom teeth taken out, you should still see your dentist regularly to make sure nothing has changed. Talk with your dentist to learn more.

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