Is it Time to Schedule an Appointment for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

January 01, 2017

Have you been told that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? Some people have a hard time understanding why the wisdom teeth should be removed if nothing is hurting. If they aren’t bothering you, then why do you need to have those teeth pulled?

Wisdom teeth removal is actually quite common, and most people need to have these teeth removed in early adulthood. Not everyone needs to have a wisdom teeth extraction though, so the best thing that you can do is talk with our experienced oral surgeon to determine if your wisdom teeth will cause problems in the future.

Reasons for Wisdom Tooth Removal

Removing the wisdom teeth is typically done for preventive reasons, because they could potentially cause dental problems later in life. Just because your wisdom teeth aren’t a source of pain right now, doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t be a problem in the future.

In many situations, wisdom teeth are impacted or stuck in the jaw bone, which means that they won’t be able to break through the gums to grow into your mouth. As a result, they might begin to decay within your gums, causing an infection and damaging the surrounding teeth and bone.

Another reason for wisdom teeth removal is because your mouth isn’t big enough for the teeth to grow in. If the wisdom teeth grow in at the wrong angle, they might crowd the other teeth and even damage your teeth.

Treatments to Remove Wisdom Teeth

Depending on the positon of your wisdom teeth, there are several different treatments that might be used. In non-complicated situations, it is possible to use local anesthesia so that you stay awake during the entire appointment.

If the wisdom teeth are impacted in the bone, then it might be a good idea to use general anesthesia. This process allows you to sleep through the treatment, making it easier for you and the dental team.

When Do You Need to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

It is much easier to have these molars removed earlier in life, because aging causes the bones in the mouth to become harder. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early twenties. The best thing that you can do is talk with your dentist about your individual situation to determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed.

During your consultation, our dental team will look at the position of your jaw, the position of the wisdom teeth, and the shape of your mouth. These factors can determine if wisdom tooth removal is right for you.

For more information about wisdom teeth removal, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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