When it comes to wisdom teeth, the buzz is often negative. In fact, wisdom teeth are known for causing more harm than good. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to emerge. The trouble is, they commonly erupt incorrectly. Lack of jaw space is usually to blame for wisdom teeth malfunction. Without proper space, these molars can grow sideways, partially erupt or get completely trapped beneath the gum line. This is referred to as an “impacted wisdom tooth.” According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), nine out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth!
Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed. Why? Because they can cause the following disruptions listed by Colgate.com Oral Care Center:
- Healthy teeth can be damaged as impacted wisdom teeth push against your neighboring second molars.
- Impacted wisdom teeth often become decayed or infected because they're hard to reach with your toothbrush.
- Bacteria around the impacted tooth can lead to gum disease and enter your bloodstream, adversely affecting your heart and other organs of your body.
- Fluid-filled cysts or tumors occasionally form around the bottom of an impacted wisdom tooth, causing damage to the jawbone, nerves in the area and nearby teeth.
In many cases, your dentists will take a proactive approach to removing your wisdom teeth. These molars don’t provide any significant functional benefit. Therefore, if it looks like you may be susceptible to problems, it will likely be suggested that you have them removed. Wisdom teeth removal is a minor oral surgery that can be done in our office. For easier removal and faster recovery, it is best to remove them earlier rather than later, although they can be successfully removed at any age. Late adolescents or early adulthood is optimal. To have your wisdom teeth evaluated, please schedule an appointment with us today. A painless and quick x-ray can reveal the current status of your wisdom teeth.