Discovering the Advantages of Wisdom Teeth Removal

April 30, 2024

The emergence of wisdom teeth, or third molars, can be a significant milestone in one's dental journey. As these latecomers to the dental scene typically emerge through the gums at the back of the mouth between ages 17 and 21, they often coincide with the transition from teen years into adulthood – an age known as the "Age of Wisdom." Therefore, it's no surprise that these teeth are commonly referred to as "wisdom teeth."

Why Might You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

  • Painful symptoms
  • Infection
  • Cysts or tumors around the impacted tooth
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Extensive tooth decay

With limited space available in the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are more prone to problems. While our prehistoric ancestors had larger jaws that could accommodate these teeth, human jaws have become smaller over time. This change is believed to be due to our softer diets and larger brains.

A wisdom tooth is considered impacted when it's submerged under gum tissue or bone and unable to erupt into position. Depending on the type and amount of overlying tissue, impactions can be classified in several ways. Soft tissue impactions occur when a wisdom tooth remains covered by gum tissue, while bony impactions are present when a wisdom tooth is entirely or partially obstructed by bone.

In addition to the frequency of wisdom tooth impactions and poor alignment, keeping third molars clean and free from cavities and gum disease can be challenging. As positioned far back in the mouth, these teeth are particularly susceptible to bacterial accumulation, dental disease, and infection. Our practice may recommend extracting third molars to help mitigate the risk of these oral health issues, preserving the overall well-being of your gums and neighboring teeth. By eliminating the need for navigating far-back, hard-to-reach areas, it's easier and healthier to maintain a better oral hygiene routine.

In rare cases, wisdom teeth may contribute to the formation of cysts or tumors around the impacted tooth. These problems can cause extensive damage to the jawbone and surrounding teeth.

At our office, we closely monitor the development, location, and health of unerupted and erupted wisdom teeth at every dental checkup visit. For teens and adults of all ages, we often recommend the extraction of potentially problematic wisdom teeth before a painful or complex emergency arises. We also provide prompt treatment and recommend extractions as indicated if symptoms and problems develop.

Discovering the advantages of having your wisdom teeth removed can lead to improved oral health and overall well-being. If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, don't hesitate to contact us for a consultation. Our dedicated staff at SmilePro Dental Care is here to help you make informed decisions about your dental care.

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