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Wisdom-Teeth-768x576Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth to be removed. Some people have enough space in their mouths for wisdom teeth to grow in properly. However, if you have a smaller mouth or have had orthodontic work done, you might not have enough space.

This can lead to complications, such as “impacted” (not fully erupted from the gum) wisdom teeth.

So how do you know if you need your wisdom teeth removed? Here are the top 4 signs.

  1. Jaw Pain, Soreness & Stiffness

This is a very common sign that your wisdom teeth should be removed. If your tooth does not erupt properly, there could be a flap of overlying gum tissue surrounding the tooth. This flap is prone to collecting food, plaque and bacteria. This can result in swelling, stiffness and jaw pain – which can be intense enough to interfere with your day-to-day life.

  1. Gum Inflammation & Swelling Near Your Wisdom Tooth

If you notice redness, inflammation and swelling near your wisdom tooth, this is a sign that the gum tissue may be infected or irritated due to a partially-erupted wisdom tooth. You should see a dentist right away to have your wisdom tooth assessed, and to determine if extraction is necessary.

  1. Difficulty Opening Your Mouth All The Way

This indicates that you may have a severely impacted or infected wisdom tooth. The infection can result in a lot of pain and jaw stiffness, and prevent you from opening your mouth all the way. The area may also feel very tender and sensitive when eating and chewing. This is a sure sign that tooth extraction will be necessary.

  1. Bad Breath (Halitosis)

If you have bad breath that won’t go away, this could indicate that the gum tissue around your wisdom tooth has become infected. If this is the case, you will need to have the tooth extracted and have the area cleaned to restore your oral health.

Having Trouble With Your Wisdom Teeth? Come See OMSNashville Right Away!

At OMSNashville, we specialize in tooth extractions in Middle Tennessee. Whether you need a simple extraction, or you have a more complex case that requires surgical treatment, our doctors will take great care of you. To get started, just give us a call at (615) 822-8403, or contact us online. Our team is always here to help.