Why You May Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wisdom teeth usually start to come in in the mid to late teenage years. This is why they are called wisdom teeth – because this is when society starts to consider youth to be matured and more knowledgeable, or wise. However, it turns out that these teeth are not usually the best for us. This is why dentists often recommend patients have them removed.
There are three main reasons why an expert might recommend extraction.
1. Pain – more often than not, if you are told that you should have your wisdom teeth removed, it is because you have reported pain in your back teeth. As these molars grow in, they put pressure on the gums and adjacent teeth. This can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, neck, and ear, as well as swelling and pressure on the nerves.
2. As stated above, growing wisdom teeth can put unwanted pressure on the other teeth in the mouth. This can lead to crowding and other issues that may require orthodontic treatment after the wisdom teeth are extracted. Crowding can also lead to poor dental hygiene issues, such as deep decay.
3. In some cases, wisdom teeth fail to come in properly. The can grow in crooked, affecting the other teeth and causing orthodontic problems. They can also fail to break through the gums, which can cause impaction, infection, and an increased amount of pain.
Wisdom teeth extractions may sound scary, but it is a procedure that poses little to no risks, and always has benefits. If you are in your teenage years or older and still have your wisdom teeth, visit our expert to see if you could benefit from this procedure.
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