Reasons why you would have to get your wisdom teeth removed
Wisdom teeth removal has become so common, many people just assume they will need it in their late teens or early 20s. This is generally true for most — 5 million Americans have the procedure every year. If you’re reading this, chances are you want to sink your chompers into info about why wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Some people never need an extraction because they’re born without wisdom teeth (or, ‘third molars’) or have enough room in their mouths for them, though it’s best to be evaluated by an oral surgeon to be sure. While you can wish to the Tooth Fairy for these surgery-free scenarios, it’s not the case for most — even if you’re not showing symptoms.
Feeling unsure? Dr. Antoine Chehade, one of the expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Seaforth Oral Surgery in Montreal, put together this video that quickly explains the reasons why you would have to remove your wisdom teeth.
Reasons why you should get your wisdom teeth removed
As Dr. Chehade mentioned, there are a number of reasons for wisdom teeth extraction. Also, the sooner you get it done, the better. It’s best to do the procedure when patients are young as the roots of the teeth are less developed and the bone around them isn’t as dense.
Plus, the more you wait, the more it can hurt. For instance, when your third molars grow in they may only come in part way and be covered by a flap of gum. This can make eating more yucky than yummy as food can get trapped under this and lead to infection.
Additionally, wisdom teeth can cause pain, discomfort, infection and gum disease — particularly if they do not erupt and are impacted. This may lead to cysts that can cause bone loss in the jaw as well as permanent damage to teeth and nerves. Also, if the new teeth grow in at an angle, they can chafe the inside of the mouth or gums or cause pain by pushing against their neighbouring pearly whites.
- Impacted wisdom teeth
You may not even notice your wisdom teeth are growing in or have them erupt, particularly if they are tilted under the gum or are blocked by bone or surrounding molars. (Note: a quick X-ray and evaluation by an oral surgeon can confirm whether they are there or not.) These are known as impacted wisdom teeth, which can be painful and lead to other problems like infection and gum disease.
Statistically speaking, this will likely be an issue in your lifetime. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), nine out of 10 of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
- Gum disease or infection
When food and bacteria get trapped under a partially erupted wisdom tooth’s gum flap, it can cause swelling and a low-grade infection known as pericoronitis. This painful predicament is especially common on lower wisdom teeth.
- Wisdom teeth crowding
There may not be enough space in your dental arch to accommodate the growth of wisdom teeth, which can lead to crowding. In turn, this can put pressure on your adjacent molars and chompers — undoing previous dental work or causing aesthetic and functional damage.
That said, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. When they do, the experienced team at Seaforth Oral Surgery usually can perform extraction procedures in 45 minutes to an hour using intravenous sedation. The recovery usually takes about four or five days, and someone from the clinic will contact you to be sure everything is going smoothly.
Help your healing with our blog article WISE CHOICES: TOP 10 WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL AFTERCARE TIPS.
Feel your wisdom teeth growing? Then it’s time to get going! Book a consultation with the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Seaforth Oral Surgery as soon as possible to see if a wisdom teeth removal procedure is right for you.
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