Wisdom Teeth Extraction
If wisdom teeth have room to grow in with proper alignment nothing needs to be done however when wisdom teeth are not fully erupted or become impacted you’ll need to have them extracted. When wisdom teeth grow in out of alignment, they can partially erupt through the gums, and the gum will grow up around the tooth. This invited infection into the gum and tooth which can lead to needing more than just your wisdom teeth extracted.
Your dentist here at Star Dental will evaluate the health of your wisdom teeth, and their position and may recommend extraction. This is a fairly common procedure and frequently recommended for young adults.
Does Everyone Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
No, not every patient is a good candidate for wisdom tooth extraction. If the teeth grow in properly or for a number of other reasons, your doctor may recommend not doing anything about your wisdom teeth.
Here are 5 signs that your wisdom tooth needs to be removed:
1. SWOLLEN GUMS
Your gums are swollen around the wisdom tooth. If they are bleeding or tender around the last tooth.
2. BAD BREATH
If you have bad breath, especially if it comes on suddenly it could be a sign of infection. This happens when food debris gets stuck in the gap around a partially emerged tooth.
3. DIFFICULTY OPENING YOUR MOUTH
If you have trouble opening your mouth, swallowing or chewing.
4. JAW OR MOUTH PAIN
If you have pain at the back of your mouth especially when chewing or opening.
Sometimes an infected tooth causes severe throbbing headaches.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms around your third molars, there is a good chance that your wisdom teeth will need to be removed. Your dentist will examine your mouth and take x-rays to confirm the presence of any impacted wisdom teeth, and will then work with you to schedule a convenient time for surgery.
REMOVING HEALTHY WISDOM TEETH
Even if your wisdom teeth have erupted normally and are not causing pain, having these teeth removed before the age of 20 is often recommended. A statement was released in 2010 by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons citing academic research, and recommending that all patients have their wisdom teeth removed during young adulthood.
According to this statement, key findings implicated wisdom teeth in a number of physical ailments. Here is some of what they discovered:
- 80% of young adults who opted to keep their healthy wisdom teeth developed problems within seven years.
- Extracting wisdom teeth at a young age caused less pain with a quicker healing time than in older patients.
- Maintaining healthy wisdom teeth is often more expensive than removal.
- Keeping wisdom teeth may cause an increased risk for more serious complications.
While the decision to keep or remove your wisdom teeth will ultimately be up to you. Make an appointment with your dentist to discuss your options and make recommendations based on your individual circumstances.