Wisdom teeth are an almost inevitable fact of life for most men and women in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. But these teeth get a bad rap because they can cause people a lot of pain. That’s why our doctors see so many patients every year for wisdom teeth removal.
While it’s true that some people are able to hold on to their wisdom teeth their entire lives without a problem, most men and women will need to have them removed. Our doctors want each of his patients to be thoroughly educated before they come in for surgery, so today we want to give you 3 warning signs you should look out for that could mean you need wisdom teeth removal.
1. You’ve Started to Notice that Your Teeth are Shifting and Crowding
For residents of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, this is one of the most common signs that they may need wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth, which are also known as the third molars, were once valued by our ancestors, but today we don’t really “need” them because we have such great access to proper oral care. So, when the wisdom teeth start to come in – usually in the late teens to early 20s – they can push and crowd the other teeth that long ago staked their claim in your mouth. This shifting and crowding can cause bite problems as well as cosmetic troubles. And after the years you spent investing in orthodontics to get a perfectly straight smile, you definitely don’t want your wisdom teeth to wreak havoc on your beautiful smile.
At Somerset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, our doctors can perform wisdom teeth removal to help keep the rest of your teeth in their rightful place.
2. You’re Experiencing Pain in the Back of Your Mouth or Jaw
Many men and women in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties have impacted wisdom teeth. This means that they get stuck under the gum line and don’t have the room to emerge normally. You’ll know if you have impacted wisdom teeth if you are experiencing:
- Bad breath you just can’t explain, and can’t make go away
- Tenderness or swelling in your jaw
- Bleeding, swelling, and sensitivity in the back of your mouth where your wisdom teeth are trying to push through
- Pain in your jaw, mouth, and even your neck
- Headaches caused by the pressure put on the rest of your teeth as your wisdom teeth try to push their way in
If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, call our office today to schedule an appointment for a wisdom teeth removal consultation so we can tell you whether or not your wisdom teeth are the culprit.
3. You’ve Recently Gotten Cavities in Your Other Molars
Another warning sign that you may need wisdom teeth removal is cavities. Not only is it more difficult to clean your molars all the way in the back of your mouth, but because wisdom teeth cause crowding of your other teeth, it’s even harder to properly care for them. This means that you could end up with new cavities in your other molars just because your new wisdom teeth have caused crowding.
Our doctors can help Somerset and Hunterdon Counties residents with this problem. If you have recently been told you have cavities in your molars, and you suspect your wisdom teeth are to blame, call our office to discuss wisdom teeth removal.
Let Somerset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group Help You!
Our doctors are oral and maxillofacial surgeons who manage a wide variety of conditions relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. We practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with specialty in wisdom teeth removal.