Millions of people get their wisdom teeth removed in the U.S. each year. This procedure is so common that many people don’t even ask questions about why their wisdom teeth should be removed. However, it’s always important to know the reasoning behind any (surgical) procedure that you undergo.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt into the mouth around the age of 17 to 25 for most people. However, there is a percentage of people that don’t have any wisdom teeth or only have one or two. Most researchers believe that this variance is due to evolutionary changes. For the people who do have wisdom teeth, there is often not enough space in their mouth to properly fit them. The lack of space and placement where our wisdom teeth grow in creates a number of problems, which is why most of us have our wisdom teeth removed.
Common problems with wisdom teeth include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are often impacted, which means that they don’t fully erupt into the mouth. This can cause a number of oral health issues, such as infection, damage to surrounding teeth, and development of cysts and non-cancerous tumors.
- Difficulty to maintain oral health. Wisdom teeth that are not impacted can still cause oral health problems because they are difficult to clean. Consequently, bacteria tend to thrive around wisdom teeth, causing dental decay, gum disease and other oral health problems.
- Eruption of wisdom teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift. Though not all research confirms that this is true for everybody, after spending money and time on orthodontic treatments such as braces, having your wisdom teeth potentially undo the corrections that were made is rather disconcerting.
The Austin Oral Surgery surgeons are well-trained in every aspect of wisdom teeth removal and have ample experience with the procedure. If you have any questions regarding wisdom teeth removal or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.