While most people will need a wisdom tooth extraction during their lifetime, not everyone will develop their wisdom teeth at the same time. Likewise, not all people experience the same symptoms when a wisdom tooth needs to be removed. As a result, it’s important to recognize the warning signs that may indicate you need a wisdom tooth extraction to avoid the need for an emergency Boise dental visit.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek wisdom tooth removal:
Common Signs You Need An Extraction
Pain or Swelling
As wisdom teeth develop, it’s not uncommon to experience pain or swelling. Pain or swelling can indicate an infection that can affect your overall health if left untreated. While some people notice jaw sensitivity, others may feel a constant dull pain. In either of these scenarios, it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group for an immediate exam.
Pain while eating is another common warning sign for a wisdom tooth extraction. If you find it difficult to chew or swallow, it may be time to visit your Boise dentist to find out if you have an impacted wisdom tooth. Likewise, food and bacteria can build up between a wisdom tooth and its neighboring molar causing pain due to decay or infection.
While it’s not something we’d normally associate with a wisdom tooth, sinus issues can develop when an extraction is needed. As a wisdom tooth and its roots develop on the upper jaw, they can push and rub against the sinuses putting pressure on them. This, in turn, can lead to sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and congestion.
Often when a wisdom tooth develops, it can create a flap of gum tissue that resides next to the tooth. This gum tissue can trap small food particles and bacteria. This can cause pericoronitis (an infection near the wisdom tooth) causing the tissue around the tooth to become hard and inflamed. Symptoms of pericoronitis include painful, swollen gums, a bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge from the gum near the tooth, swelling on the affected side of the face and swollen lymph nodes. As a rather serious issue, pericoronitis must be treated by your Boise dentist.
Do I Have to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to consult with your downtown Boise dentist about the best method for extraction. In some cases, the tooth will emerge just enough that it can easily be removed at our Summit Dental office. However, an impacted wisdom tooth may need to be surgically removed. If this happens, we will refer you to an oral surgeon to best meet your individual needs.
If you’re experiencing any oral discomfort and aren’t sure whether or not wisdom tooth is the main culprit, call us at (208) 345-8962. We can help diagnose the problem with a thorough exam to help you decide on the best treatment option.
Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars that are unable to erupt due to neighboring teeth or the jawbone. An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to serious complications such as an infection or a cyst which will require you to seek emergency Boise dental services. Learning to recognize the warning signs of an impacted wisdom tooth can help you avoid the need for an emergency Boise dental visit.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
Pain, bleeding or tenderness of the gums is often the first warning sign of an impacted wisdom tooth. Gums can also appear red and feel swollen. You may even experience swelling around the jaw, headaches, or difficulty chewing due to pain.
Besides pain in the rear molar region, other symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth. These symptoms can indicate an infection which means you need urgent treatment.
What You Should Do If You Notice Any Warning Signs
It’s important to never ignore the signs of an impacted wisdom tooth. Book a Boise dentist appointment as soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed above or if the pain is severe.
Treatment For Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The most effective treatment for an impacted wisdom tooth is usually extraction. If a wisdom tooth is trapped beneath bone or difficult to access, an extraction may need to be done by an oral surgeon. The Boise dentists at Summit Dental group can assess impacted wisdom teeth and refer patients to oral surgeons if necessary.
When an extraction is needed, your Boise dentist will first make a small incision in the gum above the painful tooth. Sometimes, it’s necessary to remove a small amount of bone or cut the tooth into pieces in order to extract it. To prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort, you will be given an anesthetic during the extraction.
Why Early Treatment is Important
Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to rot in the gum, gum disease, development of cysts, or decay of the adjoining teeth. That’s why it’s important to visit your Boise dentist right away if you recognize any of the early warning signs of an impacted wisdom tooth. Your Boise dentist will examine your wisdom teeth during each dental checkup which can result in early detection of impaction. The risks associated with an impacted wisdom tooth are just one reason why regular Boise dentist visits are so important for maintaining a healthy smile.
For many people, getting wisdom teeth removed is a rite of passage into adulthood. Usually removed when a patient is in their teens or early twenties, the procedure is usually accompanied by a lot of chocolate shakes and plenty of movie marathons. But what does the procedure actually require, and how do our Boise dentists give you the best care?
The Best Preparation.
Our Boise dentists make sure they know everything before heading into a procedure. Not all wisdom teeth have to be removed, if there is room for them, and some teeth do not require the surgical extraction generally associated with removing wisdom teeth. If they have already come in, they may be able to be removed with a simple extraction that only requires local anesethetic.
Not only do we do our research to give you the best care, we also keep our patients informed as well. A patient in need of getting their wisdom teeth removed will know how many teeth need removing and where they are. There are several reasons wisdom teeth need to be removed:
- The teeth may be misaligned. This means the wisdom teeth are angled towards the patient’s molars. They can also be leaning too far outward or inward. In any case, they cause pain and discomfort.
- The teeth may be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are still within the jawbone or tissue. While this may not be a problem now, it usually poses a problem later, especially if the teeth are also misaligned. They also may not have broken through the surface of the gums due to space issues and so need to be removed.
- The teeth may be partially erupted. When a tooth is halfway emerged from the gums, it is called a partially erupted tooth. This can be very uncomfortable and cause swelling and pain. It is also very difficult to brush and floss and so is much more likely to decay.
After the initial exam, patients will receive the information they need to come prepared for the teeth removal. They will know how long the appointment will last, and about how long the recovery will take. It is difficult to give a time frame for the procedure or the recovery because every case is different and every patient is unique. In most cases, the recovery period only lasts a few days.
The Procedure and Healing Process.
On the day of the procedure our Boise dentists may recommend that you do not eat before the appointment so that you are ready for the anesthetic. A general anesthetic will allow you to sleep through the appointment as well as prevent pain. Once you are given the anesthetic, our Boise dentists may begin to count down from ten, or they may ask you to create a nice dream for yourself. In either case, you will be asleep within seconds and will wake up once the appointment is over.
Plan for a lot of sleeping and laying around for the day or two after the appointment to allow time for healing. Generally stay with soft foods like shakes, slowly switching over to regular food as you heal and are able to eat it. Our Boise dentists will give you a thorough recovery sheet so you know how to take care of yourself for the fastest healing. Most important of all, enjoy plenty of great movies or catch up on your favorite television shows!
Wisdom teeth removal does not have to be a painful process. With the best preparation and patient care, our Boise dentists do our best to keep every appointment simple and relaxing. We may even check up on you to make sure you are feeling okay after your appointment.
If you have more questions or think you may need your wisdom teeth removed, stop by our Boise office!