When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are often extracted, and can even be removed before they are fully erupted. This is because many people lack the space for these teeth, which means their arrival will create problems for their other teeth. You can experience crowding when your third molars press against their neighbors, or even damage from the pressure their arrival can cause. It is also possible for these teeth to become impacted, meaning they will not erupt fully. At Sunny Smiles, we can alert you to the movement of your wisdom teeth and make a plan for their proper removal.

Why Are Our Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Simply put, many people do not have the space to accommodate their wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. These teeth are the last to arrive, and when they erupt, they can make trouble for your smile and oral health in several ways. One concern is that they will push against their neighbors, which can cause your teeth to shift. That pressure can also lead to damage to your enamel. Another is that the lack of space will cause your third molars to become impacted, meaning they will not erupt properly. They can only partially arrive, or they may come in at an angle. One reason to arrange your extraction as soon as possible is to prevent complications that occur when this happens.

Arranging Your Extraction

To address or prevent problems with wisdom teeth becoming impacted, we may need to perform minor oral surgery so that we can safely remove these teeth. Before recommending this, we will take and review x-ray images to confirm that it is necessary. The good news is that this approach will prevent problems with neighboring teeth, and it limits the potential harm that your third molars can do after they become impacted. The sooner we are able to take action against this problem, the less likely you are to experience complications.

Keep Up With Changes To Your Oral Health With Regular Exams

There are certain warning signs you can experience that tell you your wisdom teeth are beginning to erupt. You can feel pain and tenderness in the area, and you may notice redness and swelling in surrounding periodontal tissues. You may also experience pressure, or notice that neighboring teeth are shifting, as they move into place. At regular dental exams, we can look out for the early warning signs of eruption, which can ensure you undergo treatment before there are complications.

Sunny Smiles Is Ready To Help You With Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Through the safe extraction of your wisdom teeth, our practice can help you avoid a number of oral health issues that these teeth can create. To find out more about how we can help you, please contact Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX by calling 915-859-7000.