What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that usually appear for most people in their late teens and early twenties. For some, the eruption of wisdom teeth poses no threat when there is adequate space. For most, these third molars often position themselves horizontally or at other awkward angles. The result can cause crowding and damage to adjacent teeth, jaw or nerves.
Wisdom teeth can also not completely erupt, causing them to be covered with tissue (impaction) which can lead to bacteria entering the cavity causing infection, inflammation, and discomfort. These hard-to-reach molars are difficult to brush and floss, sometimes causing decay due to their position.
When Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Removal of wisdom teeth is often easier on younger people when the roots have not fully developed and the bone is less dense. It is also recommended that they be extracted before any problems arise.
Why Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There can be a number of side effects from wisdom teeth erupting including pain, infection, damage to surrounding teeth, swelling, gum disease, and cysts. Unfortunately, a majority of people require their wisdom teeth to be removed. Often times they can erupt in awkward angles, pushing surrounding teeth and causing discomfort. A partially erupted tooth (covered with tissue) can produce pericoronitis, an infection caused by bacteria entering the space between the tooth and gums. Lack of space can also cause crowding to other teeth.
If you have been told your wisdom teeth are erupting, or are experiencing any discomfort, please contact our office to discuss your options. We also offer multiple types of sedation to help any fears or anxiety.