Does Everyone Need to Have their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Some people are born with perfectly aligned teeth, and some people are not. Nearly the same thing goes for wisdom teeth. Many individuals will find themselves having to visit an oral surgeon and schedule wisdom teeth removal, while some may not have to undergo such a procedure.
Problems Caused by Wisdom Teeth
Tooth extraction is not necessarily a common procedure, but when teeth are removed from an adult patient’s mouth, it’s often the wisdom teeth that are breaking free. Wisdom teeth usually erupt – or start causing problems – between the ages of 17 and 25. These “third molars” are serious troublemakers, and they can cause many oral health problems.
Wisdom teeth are often responsible for:
- Ruining orthodontic treatment: The removal of wisdom teeth will typically occur during the late teen years or early twenties, and it’s often done at this time to prevent the destruction of tooth alignment. Wisdom teeth can push the rest of your teeth out of the position that was hard-won by years of wearing braces.
- Crowding: If you didn’t have orthodontia as a teen, wisdom teeth that are left unattended could crowd your teeth, push them out of alignment, and force the need for braces.
- Increased cavities: When teeth are crowded, they can overlap, which makes it much more difficult to brush and floss thoroughly enough to ward off decay and infections. You may see an increase in the number of cavities you develop.
- TMJ: Malocclusion is when the upper and lower jaws and teeth do not line up properly. This side effect of problematic wisdom teeth can cause pain, TMJ, and tooth wear from grinding teeth.
The Exodus of Wisdom Teeth
Adult teeth begin coming through the gums in grade school, with the rest of the teeth filling in throughout adolescence. By the time people reach their late teens, adult teeth have long been established in the jaw. In other words, your adult teeth are happy where they are and are typically unable to provide enough space for new teeth to erupt in a healthy way. Retaining your wisdom teeth will do you no favors. You don’t need more molars to help you chew or speak, or to help you maintain the structure of your jaw.
When wisdom teeth begin making their appearance, or at least begin making themselves known, you will want to act fast to prevent them from causing any problems or complications with your oral health. In general, most dental professionals recommend the removal of wisdom teeth for almost all patients. This inpatient or outpatient surgery is conducted as a preventive measure.
A Common Oral Surgery
Wisdom teeth, if they do erupt, can do so at odd angles because there is no room left in the jaw for them to find a space to reside. Some teeth never erupt but merely fester under the gums, causing oral infections and great discomfort. Having wisdom teeth removed before they have a chance to wreak havoc is the ideal oral health situation.
Nevertheless, any procedure that involves the word “surgery” can naturally create anxiety in patients. An oral surgeon is the very best medical professional to carry out your wisdom tooth removal. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained and educated to extract problematic teeth – or teeth that threaten to become problematic – with minimal to zero trauma to neighboring teeth or tissues.
Oral surgeons are also trained in the art of administering anesthesia. Patients undergoing wisdom tooth extraction will be given sedation dentistry in order to be comfortable and in a deep state of relaxation during their procedure.
If your dentist has referred you to oral surgeon Dr. William L. Thompson in Commerce Township, Michigan, contact us to make your consultation. Get on the path to a healthier smile that is not threatened by the eruption of wisdom teeth.