Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of the mouth that grow in later than the other adult teeth. Most of the time wisdom teeth grow-in during adolescence and early adulthood. Many may wonder if it’s even necessary to have their wisdom teeth removed. There are a few elements to consider when determining that answer, such as the way wisdom teeth grow in and whether there is enough room for them to erupt. Only a dental professional will be able to provide that answer, but it’s still important to be aware of why wisdom teeth should be removed.
It’s so important for people to attend their annual dental checkups because dentists will be able to determine whether removing wisdom teeth is necessary or not. Even if individuals don’t feel any pain and are unaware of their wisdom teeth growing in, dentists can spot them via an X-ray. The X-ray will show if they are growing-in properly or not. If they’re not, dentists will recommend removing them before they erupt through the gums. Removing wisdom teeth before the roots and bone fully form makes recovery time faster.
If wisdom teeth do not have enough space to erupt, they will grow in impacted and shift the rest of the teeth, causing misalignment and other damage. If wisdom teeth grow at different angles in the jaw, they can also cause severe damages. Even if they can’t fully emerge, they’ll still grow-in within the gums and cause serious pain. Sometimes they will get infected and cause a cyst that damages the surrounding teeth roots. There are other instances where wisdom teeth grow in through the gums, which makes them hard to clean. As a result, it’s easy for bacteria to get trapped and multiply, which could lead to gum disease or other oral infections. Lastly, wisdom teeth that fully emerge could crowd and damage the surrounding teeth if there isn’t enough space.
You may not need your wisdom teeth removed if they are healthy, grow in completely without any complications, are in alignment with the surrounding teeth, and can easily be cleaned. This is not always the case, which is why it’s important for people to maintain their annual checkups every six months. At McBride, we thoroughly examine our patients’ teeth and gums, and perform X-rays to determine whether they have wisdom teeth growing in that should be removed.
At McBride Dental, we offer a number of services to help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. One of our common services is wisdom teeth removal, which is essential in helping our patients prevent oral complications in the future. We inform our patients that not removing their wisdom teeth can result in cysts, gum disease, cavities, tumors, crowding, and misalignment. As long as our patients return for their annual checkups, we perform dental examinations and offer preventative care services to keep their oral health intact. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, calls today at (760) 471-1003.