The Dental Care Center

Signs That Mean It Might Be Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

February 13, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Peter Suh
Woman With Tooth Pain | The Dental Care Center

Most of us get our wisdom teeth when we are in our late teens and early twenties. For some, this last set of molars grow in and do not cause any problems. For others, the process is painful and irritating, and whether the molars fully erupt or not, they can cause problems for the teeth already in your mouth.

Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure in Van Nuys, CA, and you don’t have to worry about having a painful experience at the Dental Care Center. Regardless of whether your wisdom teeth are above or below the gum surface, we provide several types of sedation options to ensure your comfort.

Wisdom Teeth That Have Erupted

If your wisdom teeth have grown in, you have probably experienced swelling and bleeding at the site, behind your existing molars. We no longer need wisdom teeth, and the truth is, there is enough room in most mouths for just 28 teeth. The attempted addition of four more is not a comfortable process.

Wisdom teeth are likely to grow in sideways or otherwise misaligned. They can press on nerves, causing pain, and they can crowd your other teeth, ruining that perfect smile you might have invested time and money to achieve.

They can also cause infections because bacteria can get into the open gum tissue as they are coming in. If you notice that your wisdom teeth are growing, call the dentist as soon as possible to discuss extraction.

Wisdom Teeth That Are Impacted

If you are feeling pain behind your last row of molars but don’t see anything teeth coming in, it could mean your wisdom teeth are impacted below the gum. Your jawbone or neighboring teeth could be blocking them from fully erupting. Even though wisdom teeth aren’t growing above the gums, the tooth roots can continue to grow below the gum surface, causing pain and increasing your risk of infection. It’s best to have these extracted before they cause even more problems, such as cysts and tumors.

If you think you’re ready for wisdom teeth removal, the best thing to do is to call the Dental Care Center and come in for a consultation. We will perform a full oral examination, assess your situation, and discuss options for wisdom teeth removal.  Give us a call today!

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