Up-selling, scams, gimmicks…they’re all around us on a daily basis. When you go to the grocery store, you decide between the 1.5oz bag of chips or the 15.75oz “party size”— an up-sell in daily life. But you don’t expect to get scammed at the dentist office, right? Well, you’re absolutely right…no scams or up-sells or gimmicks here at Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. This holds true for wisdom teeth removal—no scams involved.
Why would someone ever think that wisdom tooth removal is a scam? Do you really need your wisdom teeth taken out anyway? How come you can’t just leave them alone and forgo the wisdom tooth removal appointment?
These are all valid, common questions that patients ask us…so let’s talk about this topic.
Is wisdom tooth pain or discomfort serious? Will the pain/discomfort just go away on its own?
Yes, wisdom tooth pain/discomfort is serious. Most of the time wisdom tooth pain will not go away on its own. You can take a pain reliever, but that will only take care of the short-term symptoms, while masking the real problem—you’ll probably need a wisdom tooth extraction, especially if the tooth is impacted.
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause significant pain because the tooth cannot break through the gums (source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/wisdom-tooth-extraction/basics/why-its-done/prc-20020652).
Signs of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- intense pain
- jaw pain
- red gums near the wisdom tooth areas
- swollen gums around the tooth
- sensitive or tender gums near the tooth
- bad breath
- persistent bad taste in the mouth when chewing/biting food
For more information regarding impacted wisdom tooth pain, visit our blog post: http://www.acfdga.com/4-signs-you-may-be-suffering-from-impacted-wisdom-teeth/
In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the tooth (or teeth) should be removed in a timely manner. That means, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call your dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation. Waiting a long time could increase the chances of more dental problems down the road.
Ignoring wisdom tooth pain is NOT a good idea. Since wisdom tooth pain is an issue that needs to get taken care of right away, ignoring symptoms is NOT something you should do. Well, what symptoms should you be looking out for? When should you call the dentist for an evaluation?
Signs of wisdom tooth problems include:
- Pain/discomfort when touching the wisdom tooth area
- Pain/discomfort when chewing food
- Persistent pain in the back of the mouth (behind the molars)
- Teeth crowding (especially the front teeth)
- Limited jaw motion when opening your mouth
- Inflamed, tender, red area at the wisdom teeth location
If you experience these symptoms, call your dentist right away.
What happens if you don’t remove wisdom teeth?
Regardless of whether or not your wisdom teeth are impacted, an extraction is oftentimes a necessary procedure. This is especially true for impacted wisdom teeth.
Bigger (more expensive and painful) problems can arise if you don’t remove impacted wisdom teeth in a timely manner. In fact, the following problems can develop because of impacted wisdom teeth:
- gum disease
Trust us, you don’t want to experience any of these 5 problems. If you’re having issues with your wisdom teeth AND you come to us for an evaluation RIGHT AWAY, Dr. Silverman will recommend extraction BEFORE you experience these 5 problems—with the key phrase being “right away.”
Bottom line—if you’re having wisdom tooth pain or discomfort, call us right away.
The good news—there are quite a few benefits for getting wisdom teeth removed (no scams here)! In addition to the fact that you won’t suffer any longer from the pain/discomfort associated with your wisdom teeth, there are many more benefits to enjoy:
- Since there will be more room in your mouth without the 4 wisdom teeth in there, the rest of your teeth will have the space they need to grow in straight, which means less tooth crowding.
- If you get your wisdom teeth out before they erupt, your 4 wisdom teeth won’t be there anymore, which means the surrounding teeth won’t shift positions if the wisdom teeth had the chance to erupt.
- The surrounding teeth won’t get damaged when the wisdom teeth erupt.
So you see, there are quite a few benefits of wisdom tooth removal and it’s not a scam!
Wisdom tooth removal appointments in Alpharetta, GA
Now you know that wisdom tooth extractions are not scams, up-sells, or gimmicks! It is a necessary procedure for a lot of patients.
If you live in or near the Alpharetta, GA area and need a wisdom tooth removed, call Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at 678-245-6816. If you are suffering from pain in the back of your mouth and you think it may be wisdom tooth problems, call us.
Dr. Silverman can perform a thorough evaluation and take x-rays to determine if you need an extraction. In fact, if you haven’t had dental x-rays taken within the past year, schedule your appointment today.
You can find all of our office contact information on the following page: http://www.acfdga.com/contact-us/.