Wisdom teeth are the third set of teeth that develop in the mouth. They grow from the jawbone and are usually located where the second molars would be in adults. The wisdom teeth are usually rooted in their sockets and do not move during your lifetime. Sometimes Museum District wisdom teeth can become impacted or crooked. When this happens, you may have pain in your jaw or headaches.
Wisdom teeth should be removed if they are causing you pain or if they are interfering with your bite or chewing ability. If you have a malpositioned wisdom tooth and experience discomfort or pain, contact your dentist as soon as possible for an appointment.
Here are the common benefits of wisdom teeth removal;
Prevent future crowding
By removing wisdom teeth now, you will avoid the possibility of future crowding issues down the road. As we age, our jaws may grow slightly wider as our second set of molars erupts. If you have had wisdom teeth removed before, they could get pushed up into your gum line or even push out other teeth that are already in place.
Wisdom teeth can become infected if not removed properly or if they are not removed soon enough after they erupt, usually between 16 and 21 years old. This can lead to abscesses or gum disease in the area surrounding your wisdom tooth extraction site, making it difficult for the jaw bones to heal properly and often causing permanent damage to surrounding tissue.
Better oral hygiene
Removing your infected wisdom teeth also helps you improve your oral hygiene because there is less room for bacteria, food particles, and other debris to accumulate around them. Not only does this make it easier for you to brush and floss after your surgery, but it also means that you won’t have to worry about gum disease or any other dental problems related to a lack of good oral hygiene habits.
Lower risk of cysts and tumors
Removal of wisdom teeth will help you avoid developing cysts or tumors in your mouth. These two types of growth can occur on your wisdom teeth especially if it is infected. They can develop into serious problems that require further medication, which you want to avoid.
Prevent damage to nearby teeth
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, the condition could affect other teeth within proximity. Because of the way wisdom teeth relate to the jaw, it is easy for them to be damaged by other effects, such as orthodontics or dental work done on other parts of your mouth. Removing these extra teeth helps prevent damage to nearby teeth and makes it easier for them to receive proper care later on down the road.
Wisdom teeth can be removed safely and successfully. The procedure should be considered when the teeth begin causing pain or other dental problems. If you have a problem with your wisdom teeth, contact Anna M. Munné, DDS, PA & ASSOCIATES.