Signs & Symptoms of Needing a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Aug 16, 2019

Are you suffering from toothache or gum pain? Or you require a wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are the third molars at the back of the mouth. They don’t develop completely due to insufficient space in the mouth. Over time your teeth can crack or stuck in the jaw.

Wisdom teeth grow between the ages of 17 and 21. They can be painful, damage other teeth or lead to several other dental problems such as overcrowding and molar impaction.

Beware of Common Signs & Symptoms

Here are some common signs that indicate wisdom tooth extraction-

Persistent Pain and Swelling

An impacted wisdom tooth causes a lot of pain and discomfort which can also lead to swelling. The reason for pain is partially erupted teeth which collects plaque. Partial eruptions cannot be cleaned and lead to tooth decay or an infection.

Jaw Stiffness & Headaches

An impacted wisdom tooth pushes against other teeth and creates pressure in the mouth. Due to this, the natural placement of the teeth shifts which results in stiffness of the jaw. This can cause headaches, sinus and neck pain.

Tooth Damage and Dental Trauma

An impacted tooth pushing other teeth can cause damage to the adjacent teeth. The wisdom tooth can overcrowd the jaw and misalign the other teeth. This affects your appearance and self-confidence.


Wisdom teeth can also cause the development of cysts. If not treated properly, cysts can further damage your roots and dental bone. Get the cysts removed and wisdom tooth extracted.

Visit an oral surgeon if you experience any of these symptoms. They will examine your mouth and confirm whether you need a dental extraction.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The procedure of wisdom tooth removal is simple. Depending on the severity, the dentist will give local anaesthesia or general sedation.

It does not take much time and removal is done in the oral surgeon’s office. The healing time could be one week, depending on the type of extraction you take.

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