Periodontal disease is a major threat to your oral health. When periodontal (gum) diseases progresses undiagnosed and untreated, it can destroy the entire oral health system by causing a systemic oral infection, bone loss, and tooth loss. Gum disease isn’t just destructive; it is common. In fact, about 80% of adults will develop some form of periodontal disease in their lifetimes. We encourage patients to reduce their risks for periodontal disease by having wisdom teeth removed as a preventive measure, performing meticulous oral hygiene, and receiving routine oral checkups and cleanings.
Wisdom Teeth and Gum Health
Retaining your wisdom teeth is problematic for many reasons. Keeping wisdom teeth can increase a person’s risk for most major oral diseases and conditions including dental caries, periodontal disease, orofacial pain, and TMJ dysfunction. In the case of gum disease, wisdom teeth contribute to this condition because they normally only erupt partially through the gums – making oral hygiene incredibly difficult. Even if a person brushes and flosses properly, he or she is not able to remove all the accumulation of debris and plaque around partially erupted or impacted teeth. Oral hygiene falls short because the location of wisdom teeth as well. Since these teeth and the gums supporting them are prone to collecting debris from food and bacteria, the gums have an increased risk for becoming inflamed and infected. Removing wisdom teeth as a precautionary measure greatly reduces the risk for developing gum disease and other common oral health problems.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Removing wisdom teeth presents numerous benefits beyond protecting gum health. Having your wisdom teeth removed can prevent health conditions and mitigate current symptoms and ailments associated with having your wisdom teeth. For instance, patients who suffer with orofacial pain like headaches and facial tenderness caused by wisdom tooth retention will enjoy relief from their symptoms after extraction. Sometimes patients with TMJ disorder also see an improvement in their quality of life after their wisdom teeth are removed.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeons, contact our office today.