You may be wondering if getting Your wisdom teeth removed is necessary or if it’s just a minor inconvenience. The truth is that leaving wisdom teeth untreated can result in discomfort or even more serious concerns. If you are still determining whether you require wisdom tooth extraction, we encourage you to consult a board-certified oral surgeon to determine the best course of action.
Crowding and Misalignment of Teeth
Wisdom teeth typically emerge during early adulthood, when the other teeth in your mouth are already established. This can lead to crowding and misalignment of your teeth, which can cause pain, discomfort, and cosmetic issues. In some cases, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary to prevent long-term damage to adjacent teeth.
Infection and Decay
Wisdom teeth can be challenging to clean and maintain properly, leading to infection and decay. These teeth are often partially or fully impacted, meaning they are trapped beneath the gumline and cannot fully emerge. This can create pockets of bacteria that can lead to infection, decay, and gum disease.
Cysts and Tumors
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it can create a sac of fluid around the tooth that can develop into a cyst or tumor. These types of growths can be painful and, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to the jawbone and nearby teeth. In some cases, cysts and tumors can also become cancerous.
Wisdom teeth in the upper jaw are located close to the sinuses. If a wisdom tooth becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause discomfort and pressure in the sinuses, leading to sinus headaches, congestion, and other problems.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located near the back of the mouth and is responsible for opening and closing the jaw. When wisdom teeth are impacted or erupt in the wrong position, they can put pressure on the TMJ, leading to discomfort, pain, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
If wisdom teeth are left unchecked, they may continue to grow roots that become intertwined with the nerves and blood vessels surrounding the jaw. This can make it difficult to remove the teeth without damaging the surrounding tissue. Prolonged delays in surgery can also lead to complications such as hardening of the bone around the tooth and infection.
Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Crucial for Your Oral Health
Most dental professionals recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed if they are causing any pain or discomfort. Even if your wisdom teeth are asymptomatic, getting them removed as a preventative measure is still a good idea. Wisdom teeth complications can cause long-term damage to surrounding teeth, jaw bone, and overall oral health. By taking proactive steps to address oral health issues, you can increase your chances of avoiding more serious dental problems down the road. If you suspect you may be experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth, consult your oral surgeon for an evaluation.