How to Know You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted

Thursday April 19, 2018 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

A lot of patients have questions about wisdom teeth…do they always need to be removed? How do I know when they need to be removed? What’s it like to have wisdom teeth removed? To help you sift through the facts about wisdom teeth removal, we have answers to some of your most common questions about this standard dental procedure.

Does Everyone Need to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

No, there are some people who don’t need their wisdom teeth removed, either because they never developed wisdom teeth or because they have enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth.

What Are the Signs that I May Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

There are a number of signs that indicate you may need your wisdom teeth removed including:

Damage to Teeth. Wisdom teeth can cause other teeth to move around, creating pain and bite problems.
Damage to Jaw. Unfortunately, cysts can develop around wisdom teeth. These cysts can hollow out the jaw, as well as cause nerve damage.
Inflamed Gums. Gums may become red and puffy, interfering with brushing.
Sinus Problems. Wisdom teeth may cause sinuses to become congested and painful.
Cavities. When gums become inflamed, pockets can develop between teeth that cause bacteria to grow, leading to cavities.
Alignment. Stuck teeth—also referred to as impacted teeth—can create crowding problems in the mouth. They may even create the need for other teeth to be straightened.

What Occurs During the Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure?

When you visit Murray Hill Dental for wisdom teeth extraction, you’ll first be given an anesthetic so you can relax comfortably throughout the procedure. Then, we’ll open up the gum tissue over your wisdom teeth so they can be removed. Once the teeth are removed, you’ll receive stitches to close over the opening and aid healing.

What Can I Expect After Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

After wisdom teeth extraction, you may experience pain, swelling, and bruising. However, these symptoms can be greatly relieved by doing the following:

Use Medication as Directed. We’ll provide you with either a prescription for pain relief or we’ll recommend you use an OTC pain reliever like Tylenol.
Apply an Ice Pack. Using an ice pack as directed can help minimize swelling and bruising.
Rest. Plan to rest on the day of your surgery and to avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the week.

What Should I Do If I Think My Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

If you think your wisdom teeth need to be removed, please schedule an appointment at our office. Based on your age, the shape of your mouth, and the positioning of your teeth, Dr. Brown will be able to make a recommendation as to whether you should have your wisdom teeth removed.

To make an appointment at our N. Murray Hill Road office servicing the Western Columbus area, please contact 614.427.0116. To reach our Northern location in Westerville, call 614.508.0044.

You can also schedule a wisdom teeth appointment through our online appointment request form.