Almost everyone will need to have their third molars or wisdom teeth removed when they reach their late teens or early twenties. These teeth are called wisdom teeth because they come in later in life when a person is supposed to be wiser!
In some cases, the wisdom teeth erupt in such a way that they do not need to be removed, but for most people, that does not happen, and having their wisdom teeth taken out is just a part of life. If the wisdom teeth are not removed, the patient could experience increased tooth decay, damage to other teeth or the jaw, an inflammation or infection of the gums, and possibly even the development of cysts.
How do you know if it is time to see our dentist for wisdom teeth removal in Fircrest, Washington? Often, there are no symptoms, and Dr. Brian Han may suggest this treatment after an exam and X-rays. But the symptoms can include swollen and bleeding gums, pain in your jaw or a headache, stiffness, swollen lymph nodes, and even bad breath.
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed or would like more information, call Fircrest Family Dental at 253-341-4814 to schedule your visit with Dr. Han.