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8 Signs Your Wisdom Tooth May Need To Be Removed

Cusp Dentistry in Los Angeles, California offers help for wisdom teeth.


Wisdom teeth, the third molars, usually make their appearance between the ages of 17 and 21. Their name reflects the timing that they appear - at a more mature age. When healthy wisdom teeth erupt or come through gums correctly, with enough space to get into position, they aid in chewing, which was a huge benefit to our ancestors. However, for some people, as many as 5 million Americans every year, wisdom teeth become trapped or impacted and therefore, necessitate removal.



Most people have two wisdom teeth on the top and two on the bottom. With regular dental visits, Cusp Dentistry in Los Angeles, California is able to monitor wisdom teeth before and/or as they erupt, determining the need for removal to avoid pain, damage to other teeth, and/or gum disease. Below are 8 signs that a wisdom tooth may need to be removed:


  1. Pain or irritation in the back of the mouth: Pain varies - may be frequent or occasional. Pain may make it difficult to eat or properly brush your teeth, which can lead to bad breath, infections and/or cavities.

  2. Swollen or tender gums: A flap of gum may develop near the incoming tooth, which can become infected due to trapped food and bacteria.

  3. Bleeding gums: When brushing your teeth, gums may bleed, indicating the wisdom tooth is coming through.

  4. Headaches or earaches: Radiating pain from an impacted wisdom tooth.

  5. Frequent sinus concerns: Upper wisdom teeth may place pressure on your sinuses, resulting in congestion and sinus pain.

  6. Swelling, stiffness or pain in the jaw: Emerging wisdom teeth may change your bite, thus resulting in jaw discomfort and pain.

  7. Teeth are becoming crooked or overcrowded: Cusp dental professionals determine whether overcrowding may occur by evaluating x-rays. This helps to prevent pain and discomfort, (even biting your tongue or cheek), and may reduce the need for braces.

  8. Cysts: Sacs of fluid may develop near the emerging wisdom tooth.


At Cusp Dentistry, our patients mean the world to us. Our goal is to make you smile bright all the time. We want your dental experience to be enjoyable and stress-free. Our team is never too busy to address your questions and concerns, so please discover how we flip the dental experience with our gentle and compassionate care.


Many patients in Los Angeles, California - perhaps even some of your friends and neighbors, have discovered the human touch we bring to care. If you are experiencing any of the signs listed above, don’t suffer or risk further complications… please call. We even offer weekend appointments, because we understand the needs and demands of our valued patients.


Don’t be on the cusp of making a decision. Call Cusp Dentistry today at 310.826.6535.


Wisdom tooth extraction is a very common procedure offered at Cusp Dentistry. Think you may need a wisdom tooth removed? Let’s discuss your options together.


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