If you’re in pain or have swelling in the very back of your mouth, wisdom teeth removal is most likely in your very near future.
But what if your wisdom teeth aren’t bothering you at the moment? When should you have them removed? Or do you even need to consider wisdom tooth extraction? Read ahead to find out.
When Is the Best Time to Remove the Wisdom Tooth?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth, during your routine checkups, your dentist will usually take x-rays of your mouth. These x-rays can monitor your oral health as well as identify whether you have wisdom teeth and allow your dentist to monitor their growth – not everyone will have wisdom teeth. Your dentist will then be able to identify whether you will likely need to extract your wisdom teeth, they may not need to be removed if they are:
- Grown in completely (fully erupted)
- Positioned correctly
- Able to be cleaned as part of daily hygiene practices
Many times, however, wisdom teeth don’t have room to grow properly and this can cause problems and pain.
According to the Australian Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience:
- Oral infection of wisdom tooth
- Fluid-filled sacs (cysts)
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Gum disease
- Extensive tooth decay
The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always clear and identifying the best time to take them out can be confusing, which is why it is important to talk to your dentist if you have any questions or doubts
Contact Your Trusted Dentist in Townsville
If you have any further questions or you would like a consultation with Dr. Praveen regarding wisdom teeth removal please don’t hesitate to call Deeragun Dental at 07 4751 5999 or book an appointment online, we are happy to help.