Wisdom teeth don’t always cause a problem, but when they do they can be painful and create oral health issues.
Here are 5 reasons why Dr. Rami Sater may recommend removing your wisdom teeth:
Overcrowding – Not everyone has room at the back of their mouths for your third molars (wisdom teeth) and that may mean that they have trouble erupting or might press on your other teeth. Overcrowding causes complications with your bite and results in painful jaws.
Impaction – When your teeth cannot erupt fully or they grow in at an angle, the condition is known as impaction. Impacted teeth may try to grow through your gums but then need to recede again if there isn't enough room. This constant struggle makes your teeth painful and may even cause problems with your jaw.
Pain – Even if the development of your wisdom teeth is completely normal, their location may make the process of eruption too painful. Removing them eliminates pain without affecting the integrity of your bite.
Infection – If you are lucky enough to keep your wisdom teeth, you will need to take special care of them. Their location at the back of your jaws makes them difficult to reach and keep clean. Make sure you have a small enough toothbrush to reach the back of your mouth, so you can avoid a periodontal infection.
If your wisdom teeth do not come together correctly and apply too much force, you can develop excessive wear or require a root canal.
Deep decay – Though dental decay prevention has improved dramatically, your wisdom teeth are the most susceptible to this condition because of their location at the back of the mouth. If you keep your wisdom teeth, you might consider having dental sealants and fluoride varnish to add extra protection against cavities.
The best way to determine whether your wisdom teeth require extraction is to call our Arlington, TX dental office for an evaluation with Dr. Sater.