Wisdom teeth can cause pain at any age. Most of the time, these molars need to be removed. However, some people refuse to get theirs extracted professionally because they’re scared of experiencing pain.
Is it possible to pull out your wisdom teeth without expert intervention? Find out in today’s blog.
Removing Your Wisdom Teeth: Should You Do It?
A certified oral surgeon should only perform wisdom teeth extraction. You should never attempt to remove your molars because it can result in further complications. For instance, you may injure yourself and develop dry socket (a dental condition where the protective blood clot fails to grow after you have a tooth extracted).
If your dentist believes you need your wisdom teeth removed, they will provide you with an X-ray of your mouth so that you can schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon. Continue reading to learn about how to get your wisdom teeth safely removed.
How Do I Know If I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
According to the American Dental Association, individuals ages 16 to 19 should schedule an appointment with their dentist to see if extraction is necessary. It’s important to note that there is no perfect age to get these teeth extracted; however, the sooner one does it, the faster they can experience relief. Consider getting your wisdom teeth removed if you’re experiencing the following:
Wisdom teeth impaction: Impacted teeth can grow sideways or crooked, which can result in more significant problems.
Overcrowded mouth: Crowding occurs when teeth are too close together and push neighboring teeth. A crowded mouth can result in pain and lead to an infection due to the presence of bacteria.
Sharp pain: If your wisdom teeth are causing pain to the point where you can’t talk or chew, it may be time to visit your dentist or oral surgeon.
The Dangers of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth have developed, but they don’t erupt, they may be impacted. Wisdom teeth that only partially erupt are known as impacted wisdom teeth. If yours are impacted, they’re likely to grow at an angle due to a lack of space. Regardless of if your wisdom teeth hurt or not, we recommend removing them to prevent the following:
- Tooth pain at the site, which can expand to the rest of your mouth
- Persistent headaches
- Trapped food that can decay your teeth
- Damage to neighboring teeth and gums
- Pain in the jawbone
- Burning gums
- Bacterial growth in the gumline
- Development of a tumor or cyst near the tooth
- Oral infection
- Shifting teeth
- Gum and jaw diseases
Remember, only a dentist can confirm if you require wisdom tooth extraction surgery, and you should never attempt to yank out your teeth.
Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help
Although not everyone needs to remove their wisdom teeth, most people proceed with the surgery to prevent further oral complications. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah specialize in wisdom tooth extraction and dental implant insertion. We strive to provide our patients with the best oral care at an affordable price.
We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today.