Some people believe wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as they appear, while others do not think it is necessary to take this step at all. Being well-informed about wisdom teeth and visiting a dentist can help you make the right decision.
When Wisdom Teeth Do Not Come in Properly
There are a number of reasons wisdom teeth can fail to grow in as they should. One example is the tooth that does not come completely through the gum. When this occurs, part of your gum conceals a section of the wisdom tooth.
If this issue is not corrected, bacteria and small food particles can become trapped. This can cause an infection, swelling, and pain.
A second example is an impacted wisdom tooth. When a tooth is impacted, it grows in sideways or at an angle. Another tooth, or bone, stops the tooth from fully erupting through your gum.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful. In some instances, an impacted tooth can damage bone support and the roots of healthy teeth.
In both cases, the wisdom teeth can be removed. After the tooth is extracted, you will have better oral health. Extraction can end the discomfort, too.
When Wisdom Teeth Crowd Other Teeth
Wisdom teeth may come in correctly, but there are still complications that can occur. You may also experience crowding teeth.
Wisdom teeth that are misaligned or crowded can damage the adjacent teeth. A misaligned wisdom tooth may also damage the nerves in your mouth or your jawbone.
If crowding is extreme, healthy teeth can become loose. It may even affect orthodontic work.
If you suspect crowding teeth, it is wise to consult with your dentist. Removing the wisdom tooth can prevent many unnecessary oral problems.
Should All Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?
Wisdom tooth removal is no longer a rite-of-passage. In many cases, these third molars do not need to be removed. If they come in properly and do not crowd your other teeth, extraction may not be necessary.
However, wisdom teeth should be closely monitored by your dentist. You may not be experiencing problems at the moment, but this does not mean problems cannot occur. Your dentist may advise extraction in the interest of your oral health.
If you have questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, contact our office to schedule an appointment today. Whether they have come in, fully or partially, or you do not yet see the signs of an erupting tooth, we can discuss the issue with you and help you reach a decision that is right for you. With or without your third molars, we can help you have better oral health.