Preserve Your Orthodontic Investment: Choose Wisdom Teeth Removal
Anyone who has ever worn braces knows how much effort and work this endeavor requires. The last thing you want is for your perfectly aligned smile to be threatened in any way. But the eruption of wisdom teeth can entirely reverse the progress of orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth removal preserves your investment in orthodontia.
Orthodontic Complications from Wisdom Teeth Eruption
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically erupt in the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. Teens who need braces have usually completed their treatment by the time they reach this age range. What’s the big deal about four more molars in your mouth? There are plenty of complications that can arise from wisdom teeth.
One of the most common problems that wisdom teeth create is that they actually don’t erupt from the gums at all. This is known as impacted molars. When wisdom teeth cannot be accommodated in a small mouth or are positioned very far back in your mouth, they may not be able to break through the gums or they may erupt partially or in angled positions. Not only is this situation painful, your wisdom teeth – because they have to go somewhere – can compromise the position of your newly aligned teeth by pressing on them and damaging them.
Wisdom Teeth Can Compromise Oral Health
Partially erupted wisdom teeth – those that are able to break partway through your gums – may develop flaps of gum tissue over the erupted teeth. This occurrence can create an area ripe for infection. Food, bacteria, and plaque can get trapped within the flap, creating swollen and infected gums.
Presumably, a big reason for undergoing orthodontic treatment is not only for aesthetic value, but also to give yourself better oral health and eliminate problems like TMJ. Teeth that are crooked or overlapping because of wisdom tooth eruption are harder to clean and far more likely to hold onto build-up. This can lead to cavities and other oral health problems, none of which you will want to have to deal with after completing a successful round of braces. Poorly aligned teeth also belong to teeth grinders, which creates a whole new set of problems, including broken, worn, or cracked teeth.
Even if your mouth does have room to accommodate another set of molars, wisdom teeth can wreak havoc later in life, from abscesses to headaches to facial pain. The last thing you want to do is allow perfectly aligned teeth to feel the effects of wisdom teeth that are not tended to at the right time.
Take Action Before Wisdom Teeth Erupt
The sooner wisdom teeth can be extracted, the better. Because wisdom teeth are often still situated below the gum line, they need to be removed by an oral surgeon. This precaution is necessary to prevent partially erupted teeth from developing an infection, minimize any chances of painful eruption, eliminate the chances of compromising the results of your orthodontic treatment, and give you the opportunity to sleep through the procedure thanks to sedation dentistry.
When your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon to manage your wisdom teeth removal, it means you will be in good hands. Contact Dr. Will Thompson, oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Commerce, Michigan, to schedule your consultation and learn more about how wisdom teeth affect orthodontic treatment.