Wisdom teeth usually start to appear between the age of 15 and 25 on average. While some people don’t have any trouble with them, many others have a lot of problems once their wisdom teeth appear. In some cases, a wisdom tooth extraction (removal) is the only way to take care of the dental problems that the wisdom tooth causes.

If you’re not ok sure whether you require wisdom teeth extraction done, here are a few signs to look out for that might indicate that these teeth could be causing you a problem:


One of the big signs to show that you may need to have a wisdom tooth extraction performed is pain. Sometimes this pain is felt directly around the wisdom teeth, or it may also radiate into the jaw area as well. In some cases, problems with your wisdom teeth can cause you to have severe headaches. While medications can be prescribed to treat the pain on a temporary basis, you will probably need to have those wisdom teeth removed if you want to permanently fix the problem.


Inflammation of the wisdom teeth can cause facial swelling. Sometimes this severely affects the cheeks. If swelling occurs, it’s a sign that the wisdom teeth are impacted and infection may have occurred as well. Infection is a serious problem, which means a wisdom tooth extraction will be needed as quickly as possible. To deal with the swelling temporarily, using an ice pack on the area affected is a great idea.

Gum Problems

This can make it difficult to chew food, and as the problems get worse, so will the gums. I might most cases, the only solution to this problem is to have the wisdom teeth extracted.

These are only a few of the signs that you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please make sure you talk to us at Kew Dental as soon as possible. Dr Michael McIntyre can help you choose the right option to help eliminate or reduce the pain, swelling and gum problems as quickly as possible.