4 Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed

Wisdom teeth are the last molars that come into most people's mouths. This generally occurs during one's late teens to early twenties. By then, many people's jaws had changed shape and don't have enough room for that extra set of teeth in the back of their mouth. You should be aware of some common signs that you need to get your wisdom teeth removed.

1. Inflamed Gums

When your wisdom teeth start to try to push their way upward, this can result in a flap of gum tissue next to the area where the tooth is trying to come out. This little piece of gum tissue can trap food and bacteria, which can lead to the gums becoming inflamed. Unfortunately, this problem occurs when your wisdom teeth are still under your gums and trying to get out. This is a sign that it is time to remove your wisdom teeth.

2. Sinus Issues

If you have not had to deal with sinus issues before, and your upper wisdom teeth are starting to come in, and you are developing sinus issues, you are going to want to get the teeth removed right away. As your teeth grow, they can rub against your sinuses, putting additional pressure on them. This can lead to issues such as sinus pain, congestion, and headaches. If you are starting to experience these issues, and you have not had this problem before, this could be connected to your wisdom teeth coming in. You will want to relieve this pressure right away.

3. Shifting Teeth

If you allow your wisdom teeth to push all the way through, and your mouth does not have enough space, your other teeth will start to shift. That is something that you are going to want to avoid. Extracting your wisdom teeth will ensure that your other teeth are not shifted out of place, which can be time-consuming and an expensive issue to fix.

4. Incorrect Position

Fourth, you are going to want to get your teeth scanned with an X-ray. An X-ray will allow the dentist and you to see if your teeth are growing straight or coming in at an angle. If they are not coming in straight, that can cause issues with your entire mouth, and you will want to get that tooth removed.

There are many signs that it is time to remove your wisdom teeth, from inflamed gums to sinus issues to shifting teeth to general mouth pain. The best way to know if your wisdom teeth need to be removed is by regularly checking in with your dentist and getting regular teeth cleanings twice a year and X-rays once a year to monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth and determine the best time to remove them.