“Is it time to get my wisdom teeth out?”
Well, if you’re in your late teens or early twenties, this is a question you should be asking your dentist during your next visit. Not everyone has to get their wisdom teeth taken out, but many do because their mouths just can’t hold any more teeth. It’s wise to address this potential issue early because problems can arise as wisdom teeth try to grow in, as seen below:
“Impaction” occurs when a tooth turns sideways as it’s growing in, which usually causes pain throughout the jaw and is definitely a sign that it’s time to see your dentist. Some other signs that it might be time to make a plan to get your wisdom teeth out include pain or swelling in the gums that cover the very back corners of your mouth. If you know for certain that you have a small mouth, this is also a great indicator that you want to get these teeth out before they come in.
You don’t have to be in pain to get rid of these, though! Taking preventative measures is never a bad idea, and getting your wisdom teeth out before they become a problem can relieve you of an ordeal down the road. Something as simple as an X-ray can be used to determine whether or not you need to make an appointment with an oral surgeon–you may not have any wisdom teeth at all!
Dr. Carter does all primary consultation in her office and can make a recommendation for an oral surgeon if necessary. It’s easy to add this to the to-do list at your next cleaning appointment, so just let us know ahead of time and we’ll add it to your schedule!