Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to emerge in the mouth, typically between the ages of 19 and 22. While some people may experience no issues with their wisdom teeth, many others face complications that necessitate extraction. Learn why you might need a wisdom tooth extraction.
There is Not Enough Space in the Jaw
Due to evolution and changes in our diet, modern humans have smaller jaws than our ancestors. As a result, many people simply do not have enough room for their wisdom teeth to grow properly.
This can lead to overcrowding, alignment issues, and impaction, making extraction necessary for good oral health.
The Wisdom Teeth are Impacted
Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is not enough space for the tooth to emerge from the gum fully. This can lead to pain, swelling, and infection. Impacted teeth can also damage adjacent teeth or cause the formation of cysts.
To prevent these complications, impacted wisdom teeth are removed.
They Increase the Risk of Other Oral Health Issues
Wisdom teeth that have partially erupted or are poorly positioned can be difficult to clean properly. This allows food debris and bacteria to build up between teeth and under the gum flap, increasing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues, such as pericoronitis.
Extracting problematic wisdom teeth can help maintain overall dental hygiene and prevent complications requiring additional dental treatments like a root canal.
They Cause Sinus Problems
Your sinuses are air-filled cavities located in your cheekbones, forehead, and behind your nose. When your wisdom teeth in the upper (maxillary) jaw grow, the roots can put pressure on the sinuses, leading to infection, inflammation, sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
Removing wisdom teeth can help alleviate these symptoms.
You Had Orthodontic Work
If you previously had orthodontic treatment to straighten misaligned teeth, your dentist may recommend a preventative wisdom tooth extraction. Erupting wisdom teeth can put pressure on adjacent teeth, causing them to crowd together, undoing your previous orthodontic treatment.
If you require braces or aligners as an adult, your dentist may prescribe a wisdom tooth removal to create space in the jaw for your misaligned teeth to spread and straighten.
Arrange Your Wisdom Teeth Consultation Today
If your wisdom teeth are causing oral health problems, consult a dental professional immediately. At A Dental Place, we can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine if wisdom teeth extraction is right for you. Schedule your consultation today by calling us or visiting our website.
My wisdom teeth are not causing pain; do I still need to get them removed?
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth are not causing problems and are properly positioned, you may not need to extract them. However, schedule regular dental check-ups to monitor their condition and ensure they remain problem-free.
What age is it most common to have wisdom teeth removed?
The most common age for wisdom teeth extraction is between 18 and 21, but this can vary depending on individual circumstances.
How long does it take to recover from wisdom teeth removal?
Recovery time after wisdom teeth extraction varies for each individual. Generally, the gum tissue takes about one to two weeks to heal. During this time, it’s essential to follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.