Millions of people get their wisdom teeth removed every year. Some people might try to avoid the procedure due to dental anxiety, but there are potential health hazards in doing so, especially if a dentist has recommended the procedure. There are also some instances where dentists recommend the removal of wisdom teeth, but patients aren’t having any oral issues. Understanding the health complications that could occur when wisdom teeth aren’t removed will help individuals decide if the procedure is necessary for them.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of the mouth. They are typically the last teeth to grow in after all of the others have fully developed. This usually takes place from ages 17 to 21, but can vary depending on the individual. Often times wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to grow in, which can cause oral problems. Wisdom teeth can grow in at any angle, not just vertically.
Therefore, if there isn’t enough room for them to develop, they could remain under the gums and impacted within the jaw. This could cause an infection or a cyst that could damage other teeth roots or bones. Wisdom teeth could also partially grow through the gums, which can lead to excess bacteria that causes gum disease. It all starts from the bacteria building up in the mouth due to the flap of gum tissue growing over the partial wisdom tooth, which allows food to get trapped.
This causes the gums to become swollen, painful, and red. It can also make it difficult for people to floss and clean in between that area. Because wisdom teeth don’t just grow vertically, they could crowd or damage the surrounding molars. People have a higher chance of developing cavities and gum disease in the back of the mouth if they allow their wisdom teeth to grow in.
It’s very important that individuals visit their dentists twice a year. This will help dentists monitor the molars and analyze if the wisdom teeth should be removed or allowed to grow in. If individuals experience any changes in their mouth, such as pain, repeated infection of the soft tissue behind the last tooth, cysts, tumors, damage to neighboring teeth, gum disease, and/or extensive tooth decay, then dentists will more than likely advise the removal of wisdom teeth.
At McBride Dental, Dr. Michael Bride specializes in the removal of wisdom teeth. He carefully examines each patients’ mouth to determine if the wisdom teeth are causing any oral issues. If so, he will recommend the procedure in order to avoid further complications. His main priority is to keep all of his clients’ smiles healthy. Our team makes sure the procedure is painless and comfortable for our patients. If you are experiencing any oral complications and are interested in wisdom teeth removal, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment. We are more than willing to answer any questions and get you one step closer to the smile you desire.