The dentists here at Love to Smile are passionate about helping you have the best smile possible. We do this by helping you with your preventative dentistry needs, which entails your regular dental checkups, cleanings, and exams. We offer sealants, root canals, teeth whitening, custom mouthguards, Invisalign, braces, dental implants, and so much more.

During the course of your dental exam, we normally take X-rays. This allows us to see your jaw and your entire tooth. We monitor your wisdom teeth, especially for children whose wisdom teeth have not come in yet. If we notice a problem, we’ll let you know. However, many of our patients have questions about wisdom teeth, such as if they need to be removed or not. Each person is individual so our answers will vary based on their dental X-rays. However, there are certain signs you can look for to know if your wisdom teeth might need to be removed.

Love to Smile is a family dentist with three offices in Overland Park, Peculiar, and Lenexa. We offer exceptional dental care for babies, kids, and adults. If you are looking for a new dentist, give us a call. Below, we’ll go over some signs that you may need your wisdom teeth removed. Call us with questions today!

“Why Do We Even Have Wisdom Teeth?”

We are often asked at our dental offices in Overland Park, Peculiar, or Lenexa why do we even have wisdom teeth? After all, we don’t need them and they serve no purpose. In fact, they more often need to be removed because they cause problems more than anything else. Anthropologists believe that since our early ancestors ate mostly raw meat, plants, nuts, berries, roots of plants, and other more natural food, that they needed this set of extra teeth in order to chew these foods. Plus, humans at that time had larger jaws than we do now for them to fit.

Fast way forward to modern times. Our jaws are smaller, making your mouth cramped when your wisdom teeth come in. plus, there is a higher likelihood that your wisdom teeth could be impacted, meaning it cannot emerge due to a lack of space. Wisdom teeth can come in crooked or only partially as well. This can cause major problems if bacteria invades, causing infection, tooth decay, inflammation, and even gum disease. Plus, they are hard to keep clean due to being so far back in your mouth.

SIGNS YOU MAY NEED YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED

Pain

Pain is usually the symptom that brings people into the dentist. After all, it’s no fun to be in pain. Plus, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Tooth pain can be caused by many different things, one of which is impacted teeth. Impacted teeth is where your teeth do not emerge for various reasons, the most common being a tooth is in the way. Sometimes teeth come in crooked so instead of coming in straight, they come in crooked and often run into another tooth. If a tooth is impacted, the recommendation by your local dentist is usually to have it removed.

Inflammation

Sometimes when wisdom teeth come in, a flap of gum tissue can form in the back of your mouth. Food and bacteria can become trapped back there, especially since it’s hard to brush. This can lead to tenderness and a slightly swollen appearance. This can occur when your wisdom teeth have not come in yet as well. If you feel tenderness near the back of your mouth, it’s always best to schedule an appointment with our local dentists. At Love to Smile, we’ll be more than happy to take a look!

Hard to Eat And/Or Chew

If you are having trouble eating, it is probably due to pain or swelling in your mouth. This can be caused by a lot of different dental problems, and not just a problem with your wisdom teeth. Your gums could be swollen, or you could have a tooth infection as well. If it is near the back of your mouth, then your wisdom teeth are most likely the culprit. Anytime you have pain, it’s best to call Love to Smile and visit either our Overland Park, Peculiar, or Lenexa location to have it seen by a dentist.

Cysts

Cysts can be hard to spot unless you are cognizant of changes in your mouth. A cyst is a sac of fluid that can surround your tooth. It feels like a bump, and it most often forms on the inside of your lips, but it can be anywhere, really. Cysts usually form around the roots of a dead or infected tooth, around impacted teeth, or within your jaw bone. Cysts can damage the rest of your tooth, such as the bone, so it’s always best to see a dentist if you notice bumps or changes in your mouth.

Jaw Stiffness And/Or Pain

If your wisdom teeth come in at an odd angle or incorrectly, they can affect your surrounding teeth. Some of your teeth may actually be pushed into not an ideal position. This can cause jaw pain, and you may notice that it is harder to open and close your mouth. Of course, difficulty opening and closing your mouth can be other dental conditions as well. However, if you ignore this symptom for too long, it can get worse, and you may suffer from temporomandibular joint or TMJ, which is a dysfunction of the jaw.

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CHOOSE LOVE TO SMILE TODAY

Anytime you have concerns about your teeth, it’s super simple to gain peace of mind. Our family dentistry would love to schedule you a dental appointment and perform a dental exam. We may take X-rays in order to get to the root (no pun intended) of the problem. We have years of experience in helping patients have the best oral health possible. Truly, there is not a dental condition we haven’t seen. We will offer you our best advice, and if it’s something we can treat, we will do so. In the case of wisdom teeth, if you require an extraction, an oral surgeon will most likely be needed, especially if they are impacted. We have wonderful oral surgeons whom we can refer you to.

Love to Smile now has three locations to better serve you: Overland Park, Peculiar, and Lenexa. Our compassionate and caring team works diligently to ensure you are comfortable in our dental offices and that your dental needs are taken care of. From teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental procedures to helping with cavities and more, we can help. Give us a call to schedule today!