Wisdom teeth tend to try and emerge when we are young adults and often appear by age 25. This third set of molars is located in the very far back of the mouth and can often cause problems, even if they come in straight and without issue. If you are facing the decision whether to have your wisdom teeth removed, it’s worth considering potential problems you might have if you leave them in place.
Emerging Issues When Wisdom Teeth Compete for Space
Wisdom teeth, whether they erupt or not, can cause crowding of permanent teeth and, in some cases, displacement of these teeth. Often wisdom teeth become impacted and grow horizontally as often there just isn’t enough room to grow or come in vertically. The result can be painful as the wisdom tooth grinds against existing teeth or pushes against the roots of other molars.
Leaving the Problem Alone Just Makes it Worse
If you are suffering from impacted wisdom teeth, the soft tissue around the tooth can become inflamed and sore. Sometimes, a cyst forms around the tooth and, if left untreated, can cause jaw and nerve damage. Wisdom teeth problems can also lead to sinus pressure, pain or congestion.
Literally Out of Reach: Keeping Wisdom Teeth Clean
Whether a wisdom tooth comes in straight or only partially emerges through the gum line, the location of the tooth is so far back in the mouth it’s very difficult to keep clean. Thoroughly brushing and flossing teeth that are out of reach means they are prone to bacteria, plaque, and cavity development. Having wisdom teeth removed can avoid dental problems that could affect your whole mouth.
Act Early & Avoid Long-term Issues
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommend the removal of wisdom teeth when patients are young adults, if possible by age 25. By removing wisdom teeth early, when the roots are not fully formed, patients can avoid future problems and recover quicker. If you are contemplating having your wisdom teeth removed, consider having them out sooner rather later!
While some people have no problems at all with their wisdom teeth, unfortunately, many people do experience complications. If you are unsure whether you should keep your wisdom teeth or when you should have them removed, contact us. Together we’ll be able to determine the best solution!