Most people at some point in their lives will need to remove their wisdom teeth. They can cause infections, pain, discomfort, and all manner of problems for your other teeth as well. Are you asking yourself: do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed? Here are three signs that you do.

Ongoing Pain

Many people don’t go to the dentist unless they’re in pain. As a result, you won’t know what your wisdom teeth are doing until they are causing you agony. If you are experiencing ongoing pain when you’re eating, brushing, or even at random times throughout the day, it might be time to see a dentist. Chances are, your wisdom teeth are causing decay, are misaligned or are growing sideways.

Stiff Jaw

Another easy way of finding out whether you need to have your wisdom teeth removed is if you have a stiff or sore jaw. Wisdom teeth push and shunt your other teeth as they grow through. The result of this can be pain, stiffness, and discomfort in your jaw.

Sore Gums

If you find yourself wincing as you brush around the gum area of your wisdom teeth, you may be asking yourself: do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed? If your gums are inflamed, swollen, or uncomfortable, then yes you do. When your wisdom teeth erupt through the gums, they often don’t stay for long. They can drop back down again, then up, then down. As a result, bacteria can make its way into your gums causing infection and inflammation. The best course of action is extraction.

Teeth causing you grief? Take action sooner rather than later. Make an appointment with your dentist and find out whether wisdom teeth extraction is right for you.