Wisdom teeth usually show up sometime between the age of 15 and 25. While some people don’t have any trouble with them, many others have a lot of problems once their wisdom teeth appear. In some cases, a wisdom tooth extraction is the only way to take care of the dental problems that the wisdom tooth causes. If you’re wondering if you require wisdom teeth extraction done, here are a few signs that these teeth may be causing you a problem.

Sign #1 - Pain

One of the big signs that you may need to have a wisdom tooth extraction done is pain. Sometimes this pain is felt right around the wisdom teeth or it may radiate into the jaw as well. Sometimes problems with your wisdom teeth can even cause you to have severe headaches. While medications can be prescribed to treat the pain on a temporary basis, you probably will need to have those wisdom teeth removed if you want to permanently fix the problem.

Sign #2 - Swelling

Inflammation of the wisdom teeth can cause the face to swell. Sometimes this severely affects the cheeks. If swelling occurs, it’s a sign that the wisdom teeth are impacted and infection may have occurred as well. Infection is a serious problem, which means a wisdom tooth extraction will be needed as quickly as possible. To deal with the swelling temporarily, using an ice pack on the area affected is a great idea.

Sign #3 - Gum Problems

This can make it difficult to chew food and the gums will only get worse as the problem gets worse. The only solution to this problem is to have the wisdom teeth extracted.

These are just a few of the signs that you may need to have a wisdom tooth extraction. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure you talk to your dentist right away. Your dentist can help you choose the right option so you eliminate the pain, swelling and gum problems as quickly as possible.

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