Wisdom tooth extraction can be a bit of a hassle, but skipping out on it can cause lasting problems in your mouth.
Wisdom teeth are often removed because they either don’t fully erupt from the gums or don’t erupt at all. A partially erupted wisdom tooth can lead to bacterial infection called pericoronitis. Meanwhile, a wisdom tooth that doesn’t erupt can lead to the development of a cyst which can damage bone and gum tissue.
Wisdom teeth are also often removed because they come in crooked. A crooked wisdom tooth can permanently damage adjacent teeth and throw off your bite’s alignment.
Wisdom tooth removal usually only requires a single appointment and follow up, and recovery typically lasts for a few days. Anesthesia is administered during the procedure, so you’ll need to find a driver to wait with you during the appointment and take you home afterwards.
While surgery may not be your first choice of how to spend an afternoon, not getting a problematic wisdom tooth removed can endanger your oral and overall health. To learn more about wisdom tooth removal surgery or any of the other procedures offered at Austin Oral Surgery, contact us today.