How Do I Know It’s For My Wisdom Teeth to Come Out?
A looming oral surgery frequently inspires anxiety. That said, oftentimes leaving the problem without treatment is more troublesome than the procedure itself. Especially when it comes to wisdom teeth removal, failure to pull the impacted tooth can cause some unpleasant symptoms in the long term. Not to mention the consequence of picking an oral surgeon who may be using outdated methods.
In most cases, incoming wisdom teeth won’t show many noticeable signs. You should always consult a dentist before making any decision regarding any oral surgical procedure. Here are a few signs and symptoms you should look out for when it’s time to pull those pesky wisdom teeth.
Jaw pain and stiffness
In general, most of us have room in our jaw for 28 teeth in total: We have 16 on the top and 16 on the bottom. Most people have four wisdom teeth in total: Two on top and two on bottom. When there’s not enough room in the jaw to accommodate more teeth, wisdom teeth may become impacted and cause misalignment. Minor discomfort may not be unpleasant enough for you to seek medical attention, but ongoing discomfort or soreness indicates you should contact your dentist immediately. Wisdom teeth removal may be the only way to alleviate continued discomfort.
Discomfort at the site
Since most of us don’t have room in our jaws to fit more than 28 teeth, a wisdom tooth that can’t fully erupt may only erupt partially. These partially erupted wisdom teeth may be covered by a flap of gum. When you eat, food particles can get caught in this sensitive region. Since wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth, they are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss, so infection may occur. Infection of a wisdom tooth will cause pain at the site of the tooth, and may lead to another host of problems. These can include sore throats, swollen lymph glands, and headaches. If you think you may have an infected wisdom tooth, consult your dentist about wisdom teeth removal right away.
Listen to your dentist!
There’s a good chance you won’t feel your wisdom teeth coming in at all. When you visit your dentist, especially as you enter you late-teens or early-20s, be sure your dentist performs an X-ray to check on the status of your wisdom teeth. When it looks like your wisdom teeth could become impacted and cause problems later on, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
Your dentist should be directing you to a surgeon who implements the most up-to-date precision technology to ensure your experience is comfortable and quick. You should never be sidelined from your day-to-day activities by your wisdom teeth removal.
By constantly pushing the boundaries of modern medical technology, here at Beaverton Oral Surgeons we solidify our place as the Best Oral Surgeon in Beaverton. Using such tools as the Powertome, designed by our very own Dr. Bouneff, we guarantee less invasive and expedited recoveries so you can get back to the fun stuff.
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