Many people visit their dentist to undergo wisdom tooth extraction procedures at some point in their lives. Removing this set of teeth is often beneficial for the patient’s overall dental health. To find out when you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, keep reading.
- When the Wisdom Teeth Emerge: According to the American Dental Association, most wisdom teeth need to be extracted when the wisdom teeth emerge. Emersion often causes a bacterial infection known as pericoronitis. This condition can damage the gums and oral bones. To reduce the risk of pericoronitis, many cosmetic dentists recommend that the patient have the wisdom teeth removed before they even partially erupt. Your dentist will take X-rays to monitor your wisdom tooth development.
- When the Teeth Become Overcrowded: Another common reason for removing wisdom teeth is to prevent the disruption of other teeth. Typically, wisdom teeth emerge sideways, which can put pressure on the molars, pushing them forward or sideways. This can lead to overcrowding and dental discomfort. It can also lead to crooked teeth, which are difficult to clean and may negatively affect the patient’s dental health. If the wisdom teeth do not have space to emerge fully, they may become impacted, which often leads to pericoronitis.
- When Abscesses or Infection Develops: In rare cases, an abscess, a complication of tooth decay that causes pus to collect and tissues to swell within the tooth, will affect a wisdom tooth. An abscess’ infection can potentially worsen, which can pose a threat to surrounding oral tissues and bones. Tell your dentist if you notice a painful cyst forming at the back of your mouth. Your oral surgeon will work quickly to remove your wisdom teeth so that infection does not worsen or spread.
If you want to know whether you’ll need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, visit Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS. Our highly qualified dental staff will help you maintain a gorgeous and healthy smile by staying on top of your wisdom tooth development. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (888) 775-8116.