3 Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure — it’s not uncommon for teens and young adults to prepare to get their wisdom teeth removed. But how do you know if it’s a good choice for you? We’ll share three signs you need to look out for if you’re considering wisdom teeth removal.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that grow in, usually at around 17-20 years of age. For many of us, wisdom teeth can be impacted, which means that they never actually erupt past the gum line.

Why Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wisdom teeth don’t serve a particular functional purpose, and because they are located so far back in the mouth, they can cause unexpected issues because it can be difficult to properly brush and floss them.

In many cases, wisdom teeth can also grow crookedly, which presents further complications because it makes them more difficult to keep clean. This can lead to periocornis, which is inflammation around the gum line of the wisdom tooth and one of the most common reasons why people desire to get their wisdom teeth removed.

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

The three main signs you need to look out for when considering wisdom teeth removal are:

  • Pain near the wisdom tooth
  • Redness or swelling near wisdom tooth
  • Bleeding around the gums

If you think you might need a wisdom tooth removal, please contact our office right away to prevent any infection from spreading and getting worse. Even if you have impacted wisdom teeth, you might want to consider having your wisdom teeth removed to prevent any complications should they eventually erupt.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure & Aftercare

Wisdom teeth removal is very similar to a regular tooth extraction. Your dentist will use sedation if you need it to help you feel at ease during your treatment, so you won’t feel a thing!

After your extraction, your dentist will provide you with specific aftercare tips. You might experience bleeding after your treatment, so you will want to be vigilant about changing out the gauze until a blood clot forms at the extraction site. In order to prevent irritating the clot, opt for liquids and soft foods for a few days and keep the extraction site clean. After a week to ten days, you should start to feel back to normal again when the extraction site fully heals!

Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal in Elgin, Schaumburg, & Palatine, IL

We look forward to helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile at High Point Dentistry! Visit one of our three state-of-the-art offices for all of your oral healthcare needs.

We believe that patients of all backgrounds deserve top-notch dental care, which is why we are proud to offer many payment options to suit your needs and budget best. Call now to learn more about our services and to book an appointment!

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