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Between having wisdom teeth removed and getting braces, a lot of teenaged rites-of-passage seem to involve teeth in one facet or another.
While it’s easy to tell when you need orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to know exactly when is the right time to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Today, we’ll look at what your dentist recommends you consider when getting your wisdom teeth out.

Are you in pain?

Wisdom teeth will either grow in your mouth in one of two ways – normally, like a regular tooth, or impacted, meaning they’ll burst through your gums horizontally, or they never come through your gums at all.

If you’re experiencing pain in the back of your mouth, behind your already-grown molars, this is a sign of wisdom tooth impaction and that they need to be removed.

Do they always need to come out?

This is a question frequently asked by our patients – does every wisdom tooth need extraction?

If they grow in normally, don’t cause misalignment of other teeth, and don’t cause you any pain, then usually the decision is up to you. You’ll definitely want to consult with your dentist before deciding to let your wisdom teeth remain in your mouth.

At the end of the day, wisdom tooth removal largely depends on your own oral health situation and how the teeth grow in. If you have any further questions, or need to schedule an appointment, call us today at 682.558.8720. Our team here at Smiley Dental Arlington in Arlington, Texas, is more than happy to help!