Most of the time, there are no noticeable signs that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Rather it’s your dentist who decides that your wisdom teeth may cause future health problems.
When you visit your dentist, he or she will take an X-ray of your teeth to look for possible signs of decay and check how your wisdom teeth are developing. If a wisdom tooth is misaligned or is only partially erupted through the gums, it may need to be extracted. A misaligned tooth could crowd or damage adjacent teeth. Partial eruption, meanwhile, leaves your mouth vulnerable to infection and tooth decay.
If you haven’t had an X-ray in a while, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment. Some signs that your wisdom teeth are not growing in properly include:
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Pain at the tooth site
- Swelling in the gum tissue
- Evidence of gum disease at the back of the mouth
If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, make an appointment with your dentist today to receive an X-ray and develop an appropriate treatment plan. To learn more about wisdom tooth removal surgery, contact Austin Oral Surgery today.