You have a lot of teeth in your mouth, including wisdom teeth. These teeth are located in the back of the mouth on the upper and lower jaws. They are usually the last teeth to erupt. This generally occurs when a person is in their late teens or even early 20’s and really serve no purpose and can become a nuisance. For some, wisdom teeth don’t fully erupt or they cause discomfort. There are several reasons why you may need to have wisdom teeth removal.
There are often several warning signs that you need wisdom tooth extraction. The biggest warning sign is a pain. Not only will the area hurt, but it may cause swelling. This can make it uncomfortable to eat or even talk. The teeth can also suddenly become crooked. For those that had straight teeth until their late teens, they may find that this was caused because their wisdom teeth erupted and caused their other teeth to become crooked.
Bad breath can also be caused by wisdom teeth that have not fully erupted. This is caused by food getting stuck under the flap of gum that is covering the tooth. It can cause bacteria to grow and an infection called pericoronitis to occur. This is often the most common reason that an oral surgeon will recommend getting the wisdom teeth removed. This infection can become dangerous if left untreated.
Despite the pain and infections that can be caused by not removing the wisdom teeth, there are some other reasons why you may want to consider having them removed. Some teeth can get impacted. What this means is that the wisdom teeth are actually blocked from coming in because of bone or teeth that are on top of them. This can cause the teeth to turn sideways under the gum and cause damage to the teeth or the bone. Cysts can also develop in the area as well. This can cause permanent damage to the nerves, bone, and teeth. In some people, though rare, cancer can develop.
Even if you aren’t currently having issues with your wisdom teeth, you can at some point down the road. The best way to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed is to visit your dentist. They can inspect your teeth and perform an x-ray. This x-ray can determine if your wisdom teeth are causing damage to the surrounding areas.
They can help detect problems early so that you can have your wisdom removed and minimize any damage that is being caused. While surgery can be scary, the situation won’t get any better and will just often get worse. Most people experience problems with their wisdom teeth at some point and it’s important to get them removed sooner rather than later before the teeth’s roots are fully developed and the bones aren’t as dense. This will allow the oral surgeon to remove the teeth more efficiently and the recovery to be quicker.
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