If your wisdom teeth are not causing pain, discomfort, or misalignment of other teeth, you might be wondering if removal is really a priority.
When The Problem is Obvious
Wisdom teeth get their name because they start to come in during what has been called the “Age of Wisdom”, between the ages of 17 and 25. If they initially come in misaligned or impacted, the choice for removal is an easy one. An impacted tooth is trapped beneath the gum and bone without enough room to grow in properly. If not removed, it can damage neighboring teeth or cause an infection.
Infections can also be caused if a tumor or cyst develops around an impacted tooth. An infected wisdom tooth can cause oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream and create further complications, such as systemic infections that can spread to other parts of the body. Nine out of ten people with wisdom teeth will have at least one impacted tooth requiring removal.
They Feel Fine, Can It Wait?
Sometimes wisdom teeth will come in straight with no apparent complications. If they are not causing pain or discomfort, it might not seem like removing them is necessary. However, when it comes to wisdom teeth, no pain does not always mean no problem. They are prone to infection, and their hard-to-reach location makes proper cleaning difficult and can lead to cavities.
Your dentist may follow the growth of your wisdom teeth and determine that future damage is likely to occur. In this case, it is safer and easier to remove them at a younger age, before they start to cause problems. As you age, the bones in your jaw harden, which makes removing wisdom teeth more difficult, and can lead to a longer and more painful recovery from surgery.
Make A Plan Now
Even if wisdom teeth come in straight with no infections or cavities, it's important to maintain your oral health with a healthy diet and daily brushing and flossing. Also, continue to see your dentist every 6 months for regular check-ups and professional cleaning so they can monitor your wisdom teeth for any potential problems.
If you are considering surgery to remove your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dan at Great Plains OMS. We're happy to explain the procedure and help you determine the best course of action.
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Posted on Thu, February 5, 2015
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