Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Reasons Why Wisdom Teeth Are ExtractedWisdom Tooth Cavity

Young adults who visit their dentist are commonly told that they need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Often times they wonder, “Why, if they aren’t bothering me, do I need to have them removed?” Wisdom teeth do not always need to be extracted. But there are several reasons why most do.


 X-ray of Impacted Wisdom Tooth

X-ray of Impacted Wisdom Tooth

If the teeth are impacted, they can causes pain, swelling, and damage to the jawbone and neighboring teeth. Impaction means that the teeth are unable to fully erupt. They are essentially trapped under gum tissue or cannot break through the jawbone. Sometimes wisdom teeth try to grow in at the wrong angle. This can cause damage to the teeth in front of them. Partially erupted teeth can leave an opening in the gum tissue that can allow bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection.

Not Enough Room

Wisdom teeth are actually the final set of molars we get. This usually occurs in the late teens or early twenties. If your mouth is too small for this third set of teeth to come in, they can cause movement and crowding of the other teeth as they push their way through. This can change the way you bite and in effect can cause jaw pain. Alignment of teeth after braces, bridges, partial dentures or any other dental work can be ruined.

Tough To Clean

Oral hygiene is another thing directly affected by wisdom teeth. Since they are so far back they can be a challenge to reach with your toothbrush leading to swollen gums, infections, and cavities. Your dentist may suggest you have them removed before problems occur as a preventative measure. This can save you a lot of hassle and pain. Your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and make a decision that best suits your needs. Most dentists do not do the extractions in their office.  They will often refer you to an Oral Surgeon who specializes in tooth extraction.

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