At Goehring Dental in Austin, TX, Dr. Goehring has been providing outstanding wisdom tooth dentistry for his patients for over 30 years! As our resident wisdom teeth dentist, he can provide superb wisdom tooth examinations to determine the proper course of treatment, to protect your dental health, or to alleviate your symptoms related to emerging wisdom teeth. If Dr. Goehring determines that your wisdom teeth are causing symptoms, or that they have the strong potential to cause symptoms in the future then he will recommend a wisdom tooth extraction.
Removing wisdom teeth is helpful because it can relieve the pain and inconvenience of incoming wisdom teeth, and it can also prevent serious oral health problems from developing later on. If wisdom teeth become impacted, then they must be required to prevent infection, tooth decay, and possible complications that can result if left untreated. If you are between the ages of 14 and 25 and you have not had your wisdom teeth removed, be aware of the following signs and symptoms that could indicate impacted wisdom teeth.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Typically when teeth erupt into our mouths, it isn’t a pleasant experience overall. Soreness, irritation, and inflammation can often accompany erupting teeth. Wisdom teeth that become impacted may cause much more severe symptoms including:
- Localized pain or irritation in the gum or jaw area
- Stiffness in the jaw(s)
- Irritation of the cheek; repeated biting of the cheek
- Tongue irritation caused by rubbing against erupting wisdom teeth
- Sore or irritated areas of the top or bottom of the mouth where wisdom teeth make contact
- Presence of a “flap” of gum tissue covering a wisdom tooth; these areas are prone to infection
- Crowding, shifting, or migrating of nearby teeth
- Decay, cracking, or chipping of adjacent healthy teeth
- Gum disease such as gingivitis
- Sinus pain or congestion
- Headaches or migraines
- Sore or aching jaws, gums, or teeth
If your wisdom teeth are currently erupting, you can minimize the risk of infection by brushing and flossing the area well and by using an antiseptic mouthwash to keep bacteria at bay. Erupting and impacted wisdom teeth are prone to infection which can be extremely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous to the patient’s adjacent teeth and overall oral health. Wisdom teeth are not necessary for good oral health and can actually be the source of very serious dental problems if left untreated. It is a great idea to schedule a wisdom tooth examination with your dentist to become acquainted with your personal wisdom tooth situation.
Contact Goehring Dental for Wisdom Teeth Examinations
If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed yet or if you are currently experiencing symptoms related to erupting or impacted wisdom teeth then Goehring Dental can help you! Our wisdom tooth dentist Dr. Goehring has been treating wisdom tooth patients for over many years in the Austin, TX area and beyond! Don’t let your wisdom teeth cause you permanent problems that can be solved before they even start! Contact Goehring Dental, located in south Austin, TX for your no-obligation wisdom tooth examination today!