By Mission Hill Dental
October 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Is it time for you to have your wisdom teeth extracted?

Despite their name, these third and final set of molars may not bring you wisdom, but they may bring with them a host of dental problems. Many teens and adults deal with impacted wisdom teeth, which occurs when there just isn’t enough room in the mouth for the teeth to fully emerge through the gums. Wondering when you should turn to our New Braunfels, TX, dentists Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard to have your wisdom teeth removed? Here are some signs,

Increased Pain and Sensitivity

While it is normal for a wisdom tooth to cause a little discomfort when cutting through the gums, if you are noticing increased or significant pain then it’s worth having the problem evaluated by a dental professional as soon as possible. There are many reasons why you may be dealing with pain and this is typically one of the most common signs that you’ll need an extraction.

Gum Inflammation

Since impacted wisdom teeth do not fully emerge through the gums, this can leave a small opening in the gums where bacteria can enter. This can result in inflamed gum tissue and even an infection. It can be challenging to keep these areas clean and can lead to a form of gum disease that affects the gums around the wisdom teeth. If you notice inflamed, tender or red gums around your impacted wisdom tooth, it’s a good idea to consult our New Braunfels, TX, family dentist right away.

The Development of a Cyst

If you notice a fluid-filled bump on your gums, you may be dealing with a cyst. This problem requires immediate treatment, as an untreated cyst can lead to permanent damage to the tooth roots, bones and neighboring teeth and even cause a tumor. You need to have any bump or growth that develops around your wisdom tooth immediately examined by a dentist right away.

You Already Have a Crooked or Crowded Smile

If you are already dealing with crooked teeth or crowding, then wisdom teeth are only going to shift teeth even more. It’s possible for wisdom teeth to push against or damage other teeth as they come in, particularly if they grow in sideways. If your jaws just aren’t large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, then they should be removed to prevent teeth from being pushed together even further.

If you are wondering whether you need your wisdom teeth removed turn to our New Braunfels, TX, dentists today at Mission Hills Dental for the answers you’re looking for. Call us at (830) 625-7322.