Is it true that my wisdom teeth don't need to come out? There is now evidence suggesting that a lot of those extraction procedures are, in fact, unnecessary. Could we put putting people through an unnecessary, expensive surgery? It certainly seems that way. In some cases, when those wisdom teeth are impacted—meaning they are wedged deep in the soft tissue of the gum and the hard tissue of the jaw bone—and become infected, they need to come out to save the surrounding teeth. If they are not removed, in that case, because there is a danger to surrounding teeth which might become infected too. But that is not the majority of the cases.
Why Are They Removed?
Wisdom teeth can be removed for numerous reasons. One of the most common being impaction. When the teeth are impacted, they are not able to be properly cared for. Bacteria can travel below the gumline and attach the tooth causing severe damage that can go unnoticed for long periods of time. This leads to sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages as well as general tenderness.
Infection is another reason why a wisdom tooth is removed. Due to the inability to properly care for the tooth and how difficult it is to reach while brushing, they are prone to infection. This infection can spread throughout the rest of the mouth and body if it is not detected and treated promptly.
Overcrowding is yet another reason why wisdom teeth are often removed. Most people do not have enough room in their mouth for these extra teeth. They push on the neighboring teeth resulting in bite misalignment and additional structural damage to your mouth.
If you still have your wisdom teeth and are concerned that they may become a problem for you, then contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can!
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