SiGns your Wisdom Teeth should be removed

For some, the appearance of an impacted wisdom tooth (or third molars) signifies that it’s time for surgery. The symptoms are not always easy to spot, though, which is why it’s important to know the signs you should be looking out for to make sure your health is in good shape.

Jaw pain or tenderness 

As wisdom teeth begin to grow in an unusual or misaligned way, they put increasing pressure on the surrounding teeth and the whole jawline. The result may be pain which can become more intense as these third molars continue to grow..

Redness and swelling

One of the most common problems with wisdom teeth is when they become impacted, which means their presence in your mouth may cause problems when chewing food or opening and closing your jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, redness and swelling in the area around the teeth. As a result, you may find yourself having trouble eating certain foods.

A crowded sensation in your mouth

When wisdom teeth start to grow in, they put pressure on surrounding teeth. This can lead to swelling of gums and jaw muscles – which will crowd out your mouth even more! Your tongue might also seem swollen when you’re eating or speaking.

Facial swelling

The swelling of the jaw can be painful. The cheekbones may also become prominent, leading to “chipmunk cheeks.” This is a sign it may be time to have your wisdom teeth removed. 

Bad breath

If you have bad breath, it may not just be from the food particles stuck in your gums. It could also be a deeper issue such as impacted wisdom teeth or gum disease, so it’s important to see your dentist to pinpoint the cause and seek treatment (including wisdom teeth removal). 

If you’re still on the fence about whether to have your wisdom teeth removed, it’s best to seek the advice of your dentist or oral surgeon.

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