When You Need to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wisdom teeth are your third molars. They often begin to come through your gums in your late teens to early twenties.
Our early ancestors might have appreciated this extra set of teeth. Before modern dentistry, it was common to lose a tooth or have teeth shift out of place. This created room for the wisdom teeth to grow in without problems.
Today, most people still have all of their teeth around the time that wisdom teeth come in, or they’ve already replaced a missing one. This can lead to major problems when these final molars decide to make their appearance.
We can remove wisdom teeth before they grow in to prevent these problems. We can also observe the teeth as they break through the gums to make sure that you don’t develop oral health issues.
If we recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed, it is usually for one of the following reasons.
They Are at An Odd Angle
We take a look at your wisdom teeth when we check your x-rays. Sometimes, we notice that these molars are growing in sideways or slightly tilted. If the teeth are growing towards the adjacent ones, then there is a higher potential for problems since they won’t be able to grow in all the way.
They’re Causing Damage to Your Other Teeth
Wisdom teeth may appear in ways that harm your other teeth. A tooth that grows in sideways can rest on the surface of the tooth next to it. This makes cleaning between the teeth on your own virtually impossible. The pressure created by the wisdom teeth growing in can also fracture your back molars or push your teeth out of alignment.
You Experience Tooth-Related Sinus Pain or Congestion
Your sinus cavities rest along the same area of your cheeks as your back teeth. As your wisdom teeth develop and begin to move around, they can generate pressure that impacts the nerves in your sinuses. This can cause you to feel symptoms that are similar to a sinus infection but that don’t respond to your normal treatments for congestion.
They’ve Developed Cavities
A partially impacted wisdom tooth is one that grows only part of the way through the gums. These teeth often go through a process of moving slightly up and down as they come in. This can cause the gums to develop small pockets around the tooth.
These pockets harbor bacteria that cause cavities to develop. Since these areas can sometimes be recovered by the gums, a normal tooth filling is not possible. At this point, removing the tooth is the best way to protect your oral health.
There is Gum Disease In the Area
Swelling, pain, and the development of cysts in the area where your wisdom teeth exist are all serious warning signs. These symptoms often signify that a tooth is impacted and unable to grow all the way through the gums. Removing a problem wisdom tooth helps to treat the infection so that it does not spread to your other teeth.
Dental care requires a high level of trust between you and your dentist. There are times when you may not have pain or other symptoms. This often means that a potential problem is caught before it leads to more serious issues with your teeth and gums.
When your dentist recommends to get your wisdom teeth removed, remember that they are acting in your best interest. Wisdom teeth removal can be done using pain relief techniques that keep you comfortable through the treatment and healing process.
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