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Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. When wisdom teeth align properly and gum tissue is healthy, they do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not usually happen. Wisdom teeth removal is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting in the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, or even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can assume many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned, impacted teeth can cause various problems. When the wisdom teeth are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow around the impacted tooth and beneath the tissue, which will eventually lead to an infection. And with infection comes swelling, pain, stiffness, and illness. Also, the pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may cause other teeth to move and may disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of other teeth.

A serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, as this can result in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Fortunately, removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. In order to avoid future problems and decrease surgical risk, early removal is recommended.

How Well It Works

Wisdom tooth removal usually is effective in preventing:

  • Crowding of the back teeth
  • A wisdom tooth becoming stuck in the jaw (impacted) and never breaking through the gums
  • Red, swollen, and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in
  • Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom tooth, which may be harder to clean than other teeth, or in the teeth and jaw in the area of the wisdom tooth

Removal

Cool packs are applied to the surgical areas to reduce swelling. You will rest in the office under our supervision until you are fully awake and ready to be taken home Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include written postoperative instructions, all your prescriptions, and a follow-up appointment in one week to check on your progress.

What To Think About

If your wisdom teeth are not currently causing problems, it may be difficult to decide whether you want these teeth removed to prevent possible dental problems in the future. Consider the following:

You might never have any problems with your wisdom teeth.

Although it is rarely harmful to your health to have your wisdom teeth removed, there are small risks involved with any surgery.

In younger people (late teens and early 20s), the roots of wisdom teeth are not fully developed and the jawbone is not as dense, making it easier to remove the tooth. An easier procedure also means an easier and quicker recovery.

Most problems regarding wisdom teeth develop between the ages of 15 and 25.

If you are older than age 30, you only have a small risk of experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth. It is rare for people above the age of 30 to develop problems that require wisdom teeth removal.

Medical insurance does not always cover wisdom teeth removal.

If you have a medical condition that may get worse over time, or that may be impacted by or related to your teeth, consider having your wisdom teeth removed once you are healthy.

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