Oral Surgery is Necessary to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth
About 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year from 5 million people. Oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth is a standard procedure practiced daily. After visiting your dentist, he or she may recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed. However, you may wonder why you need them removed even though they don’t cause pain.
Just because your wisdom teeth are not a source of pain doesn’t mean nothing is wrong. Most of the time, wisdom teeth must be removed because they don’t have room to grow properly and may cause problems. Other reasons include:
Damage to other teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can shift other teeth as they grow. This can undo the effects of braces, crowns, bridges, and partial dentures. It can also cause mouth pain and bite problems.
Sinus issues: Problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
Jaw damage: Impacted wisdom teeth may develop cysts or tumors. If they aren’t treated, they can hollow out your jaw and cause damage to nerves.
Inflamed gums: Because there is limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt, infection and inflammation may be expected. Gum disease and inflammation can lead to receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone, and tooth loss.
Cavities: Your wisdom teeth are more susceptible to cavities since it is more challenging to clean them. Bacteria can grow, which causes cavities to form.
Before deciding on getting your wisdom teeth removed, your dentist will look at the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth. In addition, he or she will take x-rays to determine the growth pattern of your wisdom teeth.
There is no age limit to removing your wisdom teeth, but as you age, surgery and recovery can be more difficult. In most instances, you can wait several months to see if anything changes in your wisdom teeth before making a final decision. However, if you experience pain or swelling near the back of your teeth, contact your dentist for a consultation.
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