The Most Obvious Symptoms That Indicate You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

17 May 2021

Symptoms That Indicate You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed now

Wisdom teeth often cause problems because of insufficient room to emerge through the gum line properly.

The result is wisdom teeth that stay embedded within the gum (impacted) or only partially erupt. Either way, this can lead to serious complications if they’re not extracted.

Problem wisdom teeth have a tendency of coming in horizontally instead of vertically. This can significantly damage nearby teeth and affect your bite, causing even more painful issues.

To avoid problems like this, it’s best to have these wisdom teeth extracted sooner rather than later, and there are several clear signs that indicate it’s time for those wisdom teeth to come out. These symptoms include:

Persistent Pain from Infection

Ongoing discomfort is probably the most obvious symptom that wisdom teeth removal is necessary.

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause a lot of pain as the pressure it puts on the gums causes inflammation that leads to infection.

Partially emerged wisdom teeth often leave a gap where bacteria can build up and cause an infection called pericoronitis.

The longer you delay wisdom teeth removal, the worse the pain from infection will get.

Swelling of the Gums

Infection caused by wisdom teeth can also result in swelling and reddening along the gum line.

This is not only painful but also makes it difficult to brush your teeth properly, which can lead to further infection from an accumulation of bacterial plaque.

You might also notice you’ve developed persistent bad breath (halitosis) or an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Stiffness of the Jaw

Impacted wisdom teeth can push against other teeth, often causing stiffness in the jaw as the jaw line and teeth begin to shift out of proper alignment because of the pressure.

You may experience difficulty in opening and closing your mouth and also get headaches and neck pain.

If wisdom teeth shift adjacent teeth out of position, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem.

Sinus Problems

Sinuses – the system of empty, connected cavities in the skull – can be affected by dental problems, including upper wisdom teeth, which are near the sinuses behind the nose.

The roots of these teeth can put pressure on the sinuses, leading to congestion making it difficult to breathe and a painful sinus infection as the spaces of air become inflamed

What Can Happen if Problem Wisdom Teeth Aren’t Extracted?

If troublesome wisdom teeth aren’t removed, it can lead to ongoing problems in the future.

They can make effective brushing and flossing difficult. This can result in an accumulation of plaque, the acid from which can break down the surface teeth and cause cavities.

Problem wisdom teeth can also increase the risk of gum disease and result in a cyst around the roots or crown that can destroy bone and soft tissue.

Ongoing infection caused by a wisdom tooth can also spread to other areas of your body, damaging vital organs like the lungs or heart.

The best way to avoid these problems is to have troublesome wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible.

If you suspect you may have symptoms that indicate you need wisdom teeth removal, Wisdom Teeth Sydney can carry out a thorough examination to determine whether extraction is necessary.


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