Did you know that keeping your wisdom teeth could lead to serious health problems? Retaining wisdom teeth causes a number of uncomfortable and dangerous oral health conditions. For the most part, an oral surgeon will choose to extract these teeth as a way to prevent health problems before they start. An extraction is a surgical procedure where both a tooth’s crown and roots are removed. When performing extractions, our team takes great care to ensure high quality healthcare without sacrificing comfort.
Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?
Wisdom teeth are third molars and they come through the gums during adulthood, normally between the ages of 17 and 25. When wisdom teeth emerge, the rest of one’s adult teeth are well established in the mouth. Most of the time there is not enough room for wisdom teeth to emerge properly through the gums. Since room is limited, third molars typically do not come in upright like other teeth. Instead, they come through impacted. This means that wisdom teeth are stuck in the gums and if they erupt at all, it’s only partially. Limited room and impaction means that wisdom teeth are prone to infection and may cause the unhealthy misalignment of existing teeth. For instance, many patients may need orthodontic treatment after wisdom tooth eruption because their teeth become overlapped or crooked.
On top of orthodontic issues and an increased risk for infection, those who retain third molars increase their risks for developing periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease, especially advanced cases of it, is very destructive to oral health. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Additionally, eruption of wisdom teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, which can cause complications after orthodontic treatment.
Wisdom teeth can present a problem in regards to quality of life, too. Those who keep their wisdom teeth are more likely to experience facial pain, swelling, toothaches, and frequent headaches.
When should wisdom teeth be removed?
Only your dentist or an oral surgeon can determine the best time to remove wisdom teeth. Most of the time, dental health professionals recommend an extraction as soon as wisdom teeth begin to emerge. Our team will help you determine the best time to receive treatment.
Contact Austin Oral Surgery today to reserve an appointment with our caring and experienced team.