Having your wisdom teeth removed may seem like a rite of passage that everyone has to go through just like losing their first baby tooth, but that’s actually not the case. Some people keep their wisdom teeth without any trouble at all, and some people aren’t even born with wisdom teeth. Your dentist may recommend that you get your wisdom teeth removed. The fact is there are definitely certain situations where it’s in your best interested to have these third molars extracted.
Possibility of Infection
If the way your wisdom teeth are coming in is making you more vulnerable to a dental infection, it could be wise to get them removed before things get worse. Sometimes wisdom teeth aren’t able to fully push through the gums or they emerge at a bad angle. This can create a haven for bad bacteria to hide out in which can lead to infection. Oral infections cause trouble like gum disease, tooth loss or bone damage.
There’s only so much room in your jaw to hold teeth. Wisdom teeth that get impacted because there’s no room for them to emerge can be painful. If your wisdom teeth emerge but don’t come in straight, it might cause crowding. As a result, your other teeth can shift out of place, creating a need for orthodontic treatment. Misaligned teeth are also harder to keep clean, making you more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
Cysts & Jaw Damage
Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth can result in the formation of a cyst, or fluid sac, around it. It may not be as common as the other scenarios we mentioned, but it’s still a serious concern that needs to be handled to avoid nerve and jaw damage.
Oral Surgery at Smiles Dental
If you want to know whether or not your wisdom teeth should be removed, come into Smiles Dental for a consultation. Depending on which of our Washington or Oregon locations you visit, one of our experienced dentists will have a look and give you their professional opinion. Our website banner will be updated as soon as we are able to safely open for business. If you are experiencing pain that can’t wait, call us today for an emergency appointment.