Do I Need to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
For young adults, wisdom teeth removal is a common concern. The majority of people have four third molars (aka wisdom teeth) that begin to erupt in the teenage years. However, few people have enough room in their mouth for them.
There are several reasons why it is suggested wisdom teeth be removed:
Damage to other teeth– Third molars can erupt and actually grow into your other teeth. This can cause root resorption, shifting of teeth, bite problems, and mouth pain.
Damage to your jaw– Cysts can form around new teeth which can cause jaw resorption and nerve damage. Changes in bite can also cause jaw misalignment leading to TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.)
Gum inflammation and infection– When third molars do not have enough room to fully erupt, they have gingival tissue on top of the teeth where food and bacteria get trapped. These bacteria will eventually result in an infection called Pericoronitis. Pericoronitis can spread to other parts of the body and even cause systemic infection if not properly treated.
Tooth Decay– When the wisdom teeth erupt in the very back of your mouth, patients often have difficulty reaching them with their toothbrush and floss. If not properly cleaned, they are at a higher risk for developing cavities.
Tooth Alignment– Impacted, partially erupted, or even fully erupted third molars can reverse the effects of orthodontics, bridges, crowns, partial dentures, or any type of dental work.
It is very important that you consult your dentist about when and if you need to get them removed. In some cases, patients have adequate room for their wisdom teeth and do not require removal.
However, every patient is different. Each patient’s procedure and recovery time will vary depending on health and age of the patient as well as degree of difficulty of the extractions. Adams and Cheek Dentistry provides wisdom tooth removal for many patients. If needed, Adams and Cheek Dentistry can refer our patients to several well respected oral surgeons in our area.
Generally, wisdom teeth removal is a fairly quick procedure. Most people only require pain medication and altered diet for a few days.
Adams and Cheek Dentistry is happy to answer any questions you may have, evaluate your third molars, and if necessary refer you to a fantastic oral surgeon. Call us today at (919)866-1360 or click here to request an appointment online.