30 May 3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Your dentist has advised that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, but you’re not sure why. Also known as the third molar, wisdom teeth often need extraction even in the absence of pain. In fact, nearly 85% of adults have had their wisdom teeth removed. While the desire to avoid oral surgery is reasonable, there are three reasons why you should have your wisdom teeth removed.
Reason #1: As a Preventive Measure Against Cavities
Wisdom teeth are the most posterior of the three molars in your mouth. The last set of permanent teeth to come in, they are often hard to reach with a toothbrush. Wisdom teeth often grow in a confined space within the mouth which limits our ability to effectively floss around the tooth and in-between. These challenges along with the naturally rougher surface of a molar give bacteria a perfect place to grow. Plaque buildup can result in cavities which leads to inflammation and gum disease if left untreated.
Crunchy chips, thick cuts of steak, chewing gum, and other foods that require more aggressive action from teeth, can still be enjoyed without the presence of wisdom teeth.
Reason #2: As a Proactive Step in Overall Health and Wellness
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, research has shown that periodontal disease in wisdom teeth is particularly persistent and aggressive but can be vastly improved by having them removed.
If there is a risk of gum disease, cysts, infection, pain, damage to nearby teeth or significant tooth decay, getting your wisdom teeth removed is an appropriate preventive measure. Oral bacteria left untreated can cause inflammation and Periodontal Disease, a systemic infection that travels through the bloodstream. Periodontal disease has been directly linked to diabetes with additional indications in cardiovascular and other health and wellness issues.
Fact #3: To Create Stability for Teeth and Jaw
Our mouths are built for 28 teeth versus 32 teeth. As wisdom teeth push through the gum during growth, the lack of space may result in pushing of the other teeth to create room. This pushing causes misalignment and movement of the other teeth, as well as unnecessary force on the jaw causing shifting. With little room to surface, wisdom teeth may come in crooked, cracked, or only partially. The resulting effect includes impacted teeth, cysts, and pericoronitis a condition in which the tissue surrounding the third molar becomes inflamed. In severe cases, pericoronitis can cause severe pain in the back teeth, bad breath, gum swelling, and in rare cases, lockjaw.
Wisdom teeth are often removed in our youth, between the ages of 17-25. Your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon, and together, decide the best course of action. While a few lucky persons may find their wisdom teeth emerge with no issues, many of the adverse conditions caused by this third molar are silent. Your dentist can determine if your wisdom teeth need removal through x-rays.
Wondering what’s best for your situation? Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our dental professionals to determine next steps, or call us at (281) 265-3567.
Dr. Dragana Angelova
Imperial Dental Center
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