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Do I Really Need To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Many people wonder if it is necessary to remove wisdom teeth when they grow in during your late teens or early twenties. How do you know if your wisdom teeth are problematic?

The team at SouthEnd Dentistry wants to answer your questions about wisdom teeth, and give you the details about why they may need to be removed. Here are some things to consider if you or a loved one has third molars that are beginning to erupt:

 

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Usually Removed?

Wisdom teeth usually don’t have room to grow in properly, especially in patients who have undergone orthodontic correction, such as braces or Invisalign. Because of this, wisdom teeth often grow in improperly, at an angle, or fail to erupt completely. When this happens, your wisdom teeth become “impacted,” which can cause a number of side effects, such as tooth infections and overcrowding.

Since wisdom teeth are not essential for your oral health, they are usually removed to avoid these issues.

Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth May Require Extraction

Wondering what signs may indicate impacted wisdom teeth? Here are the most common symptoms to look out for if you’re wondering whether you’ll need to have your wisdom teeth extracted:

  • Red or swollen gums, particularly around your rear molars
  • Tenderness and bleeding in the rear of your mouth
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or opening your mouth

All of these signs indicate improper wisdom tooth eruption, so you’ll need to see a dentist for a thorough evaluation in order to determine what steps must be taken.

Does Everyone Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

No. Some patients have plenty of room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth. Further still, some patients lack wisdom teeth altogether, due to a natural genetic variation.

The best way to find out if your wisdom teeth need to be removed is to consult with Dr. Picot at SouthEnd Dentistry. Whether you’re in Uptown or elsewhere in Charlotte, Dr. Picot can assess the growth of your wisdom teeth and help you decide whether to keep them or have them extracted.

Need A Wisdom Tooth Extraction? Contact SouthEnd Dentistry Right Away!

Wisdom teeth extractions are a common procedure, and usually only take about 5 minutes per tooth. After your extraction, you’ll be back to your normal day-to-day routine in no time. If you think your wisdom teeth aren’t growing in properly, come see Dr. Picot right away. Schedule your appointment now at (704) 335-8266, or come to our office at 1520 South Blvd, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28203.

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