Have you heard that every wisdom tooth has to be removed? Have you heard that a wisdom tooth can grow back after it’s been removed? Fortunately, neither of these claims is true—although nearly 85% of all wisdom teeth do eventually need to be removed, and once they are gone your teeth are safe. But, to help you understand when you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we’re happy to help you understand a few of the warning signs.
- Pain can often be the first indicator that something is wrong—and it could be the first sign that it’s time to have a wisdom tooth removed. Because your wisdom teeth are larger than your other teeth, it could be an unpleasant experience. It can be even more painful if your wisdom teeth are growing under your other teeth. If you try over-the-counter medications and they don’t work, please contact your dentist.
- When your wisdom teeth grow under your other teeth, it may cause your teeth to shift. This can lead to pressure in your mouth and cause damage to your other teeth. If this is the case, the eruption of your wisdom tooth could shift the rest of your team. In fact, if this situation is left untreated, any dental work you’ve had could be undone.
- If a tooth is impacted, it has not fully erupted and has become stuck. This especially problematic if your tooth has partially emerged, but is impacted. If this happens, your tooth could be vulnerable to tooth decay, problems with gum disease, and to a variety of serious infections.
If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are excited to hear from you.