Did you know that there are a host of health benefits to having your wisdom teeth removed? Wisdom teeth are more than just annoying, unnecessary teeth that emerge in adulthood. While many people view wisdom teeth and the need for their extraction as an inconvenience, the truth is that keeping wisdom teeth is actually a threat to your wellbeing.
Retained wisdom teeth are problematic for many reasons and can contribute to an array of issues including increased risks for periodontal (gum) disease, dental caries, abscesses, and orofacial pain. If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are giving you problems, call our practice at your convenience to set up an appointment with our dentist.
Why are wisdom teeth a threat to oral health?
Wisdom teeth are a threat to your oral health because of the fact that they are rarely able to erupt through the gums fully, in upright positions. This is due to a lack of room for wisdom teeth to emerge (since the rest of a person’s adult teeth are well-established). Since there is not enough room for proper tooth eruption, wisdom teeth tend to become “stuck in” or “impacted” in the gums and/or bone.
If a tooth is impacted, it will likely cause orofacial pain. Discomfort in the oral cavity and along the face can be related to pressure caused by teeth becoming overcrowded as well as infections that develop as a result of an impacted or partially erupted tooth.
Cleaning around wisdom teeth is very difficult if they have not erupted properly. Many times, a wisdom tooth can partially emerge while the majority of a tooth’s structure is trapped under the gums. Since there is some tooth exposed, it is easy for debris and substances like plaque to form underneath the gingiva at the site of partial eruption. Being very difficult to clean, partially erupted teeth are at a high risk for developing disease.
Will I be comfortable during tooth extractions?
Our dentist makes every effort possible to ensure patient comfort. We administer local anesthetics and prescription medication to increase comfort as needed.
If you have questions about tooth extractions, give our team at Newton Dental Group a call.