A third set of molars that come in during the late teens and early twenties, wisdom teeth often require removal, because of misalignment and impaction. Depending on the circumstances, these molars may be pulled like other teeth or removed through surgical procedure. If surgery is required to remove impacted teeth, an oral surgeon can be recommended by your dentist.
Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?
Not sure if you have wisdom teeth or not? Ask to have X-rays taken at your next dental appointment. X-rays will let you know if your third molars are coming in and will show you their current alignment. If problems are noticed early on, your dentist may recommend that your teeth be extracted before complications arise.
Impacted wisdom teeth can crowd the mouth, causing damage to adjacent teeth and the possibility for infection. Early warning signs include pain and swelling in the jaw, headaches, bad breath and sore, bleeding gums. Tooth decay is also a common problem related to impacted wisdom teeth, since the area these molars inhabit is hard to reach.
Facial swelling is common after the removal of the third molars and patients will be restricted to a soft diet for the next few days to reduce pain and allow gums to heal. Each case is different, depending on the arrangement of the teeth and the particular procedure performed.
Whether you are experiencing pain in your jaw or are interested in having a routine checkup performed, contact Comprehensive Family Dental by calling our Victoria, Texas office to schedule an appointment today.