For most people, wisdom teeth mean trouble. It is difficult to reach back and clean them, they sometimes don’t have room to grow, and for some they are an endless source of pain – causing infections and tooth decay. That is why it is important that have your dentist take a look at them. He or she can determine if you need to remove them, in order to prevent later problems. Most people, however, will only recall their wisdom teeth when they start feeling them, which might mean there is already a problem.
So, what are the symptoms to go to your doctor that might indicate you need one of your teeth or more your removed? These symptoms include: Pain or tenderness around your gums, swelling or redness of the gums near your wisdom tooth or the gum area where a wisdom tooth hasn’t erupted yet, swelling and/or pain around your jaw, persistent bad breath, and an unpleasant taste when biting down near that area in the mouth.
How do you tell if your wisdom teeth are impacted? The signs mentioned above indicate a possible impacted or infected tooth. If this is your case, a visit to the dentist is recommended. Often a wisdom tooth that hasn’t erupted becomes impacted, and the only way to see its position is by taking an x-ray picture of the area.
What next? Most dentists will recommend removing them, although experts claim that this removal might actually cause problems. Your doctor might explain to you that the phrase “sooner is better than later” is correct in this case. That is because it is easier to remove wisdom teeth around the age of 20. Later on, the procedure is more difficult and involves more pain. No matter what, remember the decision is yours and you should be well informed regarding all your options.