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13 Nov 2019

What are wisdom teeth and when to remove them?

There have always been conflicting opinions about wisdom teeth. While dentists suggest having to take them out, there are some people who believe that it really isn’t necessary. After all, they don’t cause you harm!

Unfortunately, dental pain is something we all dread. A very common reason to visit the dentist is to treat the “Wisdom Teeth” and the pain and fear of dealing with the wisdom teeth. Let’s remember that even with the best of dental hygiene, wisdom tooth problems such as swelling and infection are unavoidable.

To define what wisdom teeth are, here is a simple explanation:

“The “wisdom teeth”, or third molars, are the last of the permanent teeth to erupt furthest back in each quadrant of the mouth. This tends to occur at the age of 18-25 years ways the teeth. By the time wisdom teeth erupt, there may not be enough space in the jaw for this process to occur normally. The result is impaction, where the tooth emerges at an abnormal angle. “

Here is what needs to be understood

Just because your wisdom teeth cause no pain or harm doesn’t mean they are fine. Your teeth could be stuck or impacted.  Impacted wisdom teeth could mean your mouth is too small to make room for them to grow or the teeth could be growing at an angle obstructing and thus damaging other teeth. The other serious complications that could arise out of this are extensive tooth decay, infection, gum disease and more. This is when removal is needed.

When should I get them out?

An X-ray will show when the extra molars are causing damage to surrounding teeth, eventually leading to pain. Sometimes, the X-Ray can show other conditions as a result of wisdom teeth. Some of them are listed here: 

  • Cysts around the new teeth. This could lead to a damaged jaw and damaged nerves
  • Untreated problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain
  • Sometimes, tissue around the area can swell leading to inflamed gums
  • Cavities caused due to bacteria growing in the teeth spaces
  • Impacted wisdom teeth usually happen with crowding of other teeth 

Regular dental check-ups are essential for complete dental hygiene. Sometimes, the wisdom teeth do not show any signs of damage or infection, thus regular check-ups ensure these problems are tackled at the earliest. 

While some people do not experience any symptoms, some do experience mild to severe pain. So if you’re experiencing any pain in your jaw, talk to your dentist. They will be able to assess your wisdom teeth. In most cases, an X-ray will help them understand the problem, rule out major concerns or maybe refer you to a specialist if needed. 

For impacted wisdom teeth, the dentist will look at the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth to make a decision. The age of the patient plays a role too.

What are the risks?

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with the procedure. Some minor swelling, bruising, bleeding, and pain is to be expected, and this usually lasts no more than one week.

They are just wisdom teeth, so should you have them removed?

Sometimes, people simply dread any surgical procedure. So, if you are still not ready to part with your molars, the best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with an expert in the field. An open conversation about your dental health with the dentist is a great way to address concerns and fears.  You can ask your dentist to explain what he sees with your teeth. Also, if the requirement for wisdom teeth removal isn’t immediate, you can wait several months to see if things change before making your decision. But if you have pain or notice swelling or a bad odour near your back teeth, it may be time for a second look.

To conclude, remember, dental hygiene plays an important role in the quality of life. Seek professional help and contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. “Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.”

A visit to the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to your overall oral health, for cleanings and check-ups and general treatment. If you’re experiencing any dental issues, make an appointment with your dentist. They can look at the health of your teeth and check for potential problems. A professional dental care expert will clean your teeth and do a thorough examination. They may use dental instruments to check for sensitivity, and they might also order an X-ray on your teeth to rule out concerns such as impacted wisdom teeth or cavities.

A dentist will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.


If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and the problems, consult our team of professionals.

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