Wisdom Tooth Pain: Signs You Need an Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Pain: Signs You Need an Extraction

It is very rare to ever hear of someone who is living with their wisdom teeth fully grown in without any problems whatsoever. So, why do they exist in the first place if all they do is cause problems? How do you know if you need to remove your wisdom teeth? Did you know that it’s necessary to remove wisdom teeth sometimes before they are even fully exposed?

We don’t expect you to be an expert on all things about oral health, but we want to help inform you.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the teeth farthest back in your mouth. They are often referred to as the third molars and typically come in later in life. However, everyone is different. Some people never get wisdom teeth at all! (although this doesn’t mean they aren’t wise)

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

In the past, our distant ancestors needed substantially more chewing power than we do today. A hard diet of roots, plants, and meat wasn’t as soft and easy to chew as the processed foods that we consume today. Over time, the human jaw has shrunk in size, and these wisdom teeth no longer grow in properly for the majority of people.

Why is Extraction Necessary?

Here are three signs that would mean that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted:

  • Your wisdom teeth are causing you pain.

    Pain can indicate that a cavity is forming or that the teeth are pressing up against something that they shouldn’t

  • The gums are inflamed.

    Inflamed gums mean that oral hygiene isn’t being properly taken care of. It can be difficult to care for teeth so far back in the mouth. In this case, the teeth should be removed.