Have you wondered if it is necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed?
It seems as though it is a rarity to find anyone who still has all four
of their wisdom teeth. Having wisdom teeth extracted is so common that
it’s almost becoming a right of passage into adulthood. If wisdom
teeth are not causing you any harm or pain and they do not show any issues
with placement on an x-ray, then your dentist will more than likely make
a recommendation to not have them removed. However, there are some situations
where it is completely necessary to have them taken out. A few examples include:
When the teeth become impacted and have trouble breaking through the jaw
into the mouth. Impaction could happen for a variety of reasons. Your
mouth could be too small to make room to make room for the incoming set
of teeth, or the teeth could be growing at an angle and damaging the existing teeth.
Jaw Function Impairment
Oftentimes, cysts can start to form around new teeth. If the problem is
not corrected, nerve function can be impacted.
Newly erupted wisdom teeth can be cause for the occasional sinus pressure,
pain and nasal congestion.
When the gums become swollen around the area of the newly formed teeth,
gaps can form between the teeth and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Impacted teeth can cause the pre-existing teeth to crowd together and mess
up your alignment.
If you have questions about wisdom teeth removal or if you are a candidate,
contact us today. If there is a medical necessity behind removing them, you should
also consider that there are some risks involved with having oral surgery.
We are happy to go over these at your next appointment!