No one likes the idea of getting their wisdom teeth removed.
While not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted, most people need this procedure. Trying to forgo extractions can lead to many problems, including painful, dangerous infections.
Today, we’re going to look at how to tell if your wisdom teeth need to be removed by a dedicated Danforth Toronto dentist.
What Are Your Wisdom Teeth and Why Do They Need to Be Removed by a dedicated Danforth Dentist?
The wisdom teeth are molars, the large teeth that are responsible for most of your chewing. They form at age ten and erupt (grow into your mouth) between the ages of 16 and 25 years. Typically, you end up with four wisdom teeth, though not everyone develops a full set.
In a perfect world, you would have enough room in your mouth for these teeth to come in straight and in proper alignment. However, this isn’t the way it goes for most people, which is why extractions by a Downtown Toronto dentist is commonplace.
Reasons an extraction would be recommended include:
- Not having enough room for the teeth to erupt, which can cause them to migrate forward, damaging the roots of the tooth in front of it.
- Having only enough room for a partial eruption. The problem with this is that it’s uncomfortable and impossible to fully clean the teeth.
- Having plenty of room for the teeth to come in but being unable to reach far enough back to keep the teeth clean.
- The teeth come in crooked, which make them difficult to clean and can lead to decay, not only in the wisdom teeth but also in the adjacent teeth.
Plaque and food debris can get trapped in the nooks and crannies of the teeth, as well as in the gums and in between the teeth. If the teeth can’t be thoroughly cleaned daily, bacteria will grow, and decay will follow. Eventually, an infection can develop.
How to Tell If Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed
How can you tell if it’s time to have your wisdom teeth extracted? Here are some of the symptoms.
- Puffy, swollen gums
- Gum tenderness and/or bleeding
- Jaw pain, including swelling.
These symptoms don’t necessarily point to an infection. When a tooth first comes into the mouth, the gums will be tender and swollen. Also, people with TMJ disorder might unconsciously clench their teeth together due to the discomfort, which can lead to jaw strain, swelling, and pain.
However, the above signs can be the result of an infection, which is why you need to see your Downtown Toronto dentist if you experience any of them.
Additional symptoms of an infection, include:
- Bad breath and/or a bad taste in your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth or chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold food/drinks
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes.
Anxiety Is Normal – How Your Danforth Dentist Can Help
Getting dental treatment of any sort can induce anxiety, but especially extractions. Removing a tooth or multiple teeth isn’t always easy and there is some discomfort involved.
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First, I’ll talk you through every step of the process, from numbing to recovery. Next, my team and I will explain how to keep pain to a minimum. Oftentimes, this includes plenty of rest, ice packs, soft foods, and anti-inflammatory pain medication.
However, we can reduce some of the discomfort and anxiety in a couple of ways.
I understand how nerve-wracking wisdom teeth extractions can be but let me assure you that I will do all I can to keep you comfortable every step of the way.
Do you think it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth? Contact my office today to schedule an evaluation so we can reduce the risks of improper eruption, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth.