If you have impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist will advise you to remove them as soon as possible. But what happens if you put off this procedure and wait until it’s too late? We answer all your questions about why early removal of wisdom teeth is important and how to know when it’s time.
Wisdom Teeth: Why do I need to remove them?
Extra teeth may sound like a desirable “superpower”, but wisdom teeth are typically impacted because they have insufficient room to grow. Impacted teeth can cause a variety of problems, including:
Pain and discomfort as the tooth’s sharp edges rub against other teeth or gums Inability to chew properly or speak clearly Difficulty with daily activities such as brushing teeth, talking, or smiling.
How does early removal help?
The earlier you remove your wisdom teeth, the better. If allowed to grow in, impacted teeth can cause tooth decay around the gum line and bone loss due to chronic damage from friction against other teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can also push other teeth out of alignment.
Early removal reduces the risk of later problems, including cysts or tumors that can form around impacted teeth.
What happens if I wait until it’s too late?
There may come a time when your dentist cannot safely remove an impacted tooth. As your wisdom tooth continues to develop and the surrounding bony socket deepens over time, there is a greater risk of:
Chronic pain and infection Cysts and tumors that form around teeth Difficulty chewing or swallowing Jaw problems such as bone loss or gum disease If you notice any pain or swelling in your mouth, make an appointment with your dentist immediately.
Bacterial infection in teeth can result in tooth decay and abscesses. It is important to seek treatment for bacterial infection as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Symptoms of bacterial infection in teeth include:
Pain Swelling Redness around the gums Bleeding Gums Bad taste in mouth Fever
If you experience any of these symptoms, please see your dentist immediately.
- Difficulty Brushing Your Teeth.
- Pain and discomfort on chewing food.
- Talking and smiling can be a problem.
Difficulty with daily activities such as brushing teeth, talking, and smiling is common in those who have delayed surgery. A patient may also feel embarrassed due to the condition of their gums.
How do I know if it’s time to remove my wisdom teeth?
There are four major symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth which can give you an indication that walking surgery has become necessary: Severe pain Swelling around the jaw Red or swollen gums Bleeding or bad taste in mouth If you experience any of these symptoms, please make an appointment with your dentist immediately. Before surgery your dentist will perform a thorough oral exam to assess the position and condition of your wisdom teeth.
Your dentist will also take x-rays to determine bone growth around your wisdom tooth, as well as how much space is available for your wisdom teeth to erupt into the mouth. If necessary, your dentist may ask you to have a CT scan or MRI in order to get the best possible results from surgery.
If you are experiencing any symptoms related to impacted wisdom teeth please contact our dental clinic in Indiranagar at 98450 79479 today! We want every patient who walks through our doors to leave satisfied with their overall experience and positive about their treatment options