Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure that many teenagers go through. While most people believe wisdom teeth removal is a necessity, some may be surprised to hear that not every patient has to have the procedure. Read the following Q&A concerning wisdom teeth removal to see if it is right for you.
Why do dentists usually suggest young adults have their wisdom teeth removed?
Dentists usually suggest wisdom teeth extraction for teenagers in order to prevent future complications. Wisdom teeth are known for causing serious problems once they are fully formed. By removing them before they grow in, patients have one less problem to worry about.
What are the potential problems with wisdom teeth?
In many cases, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly. They could come in horizontally, or they could cause your mouth to be overcrowded. In some cases, wisdom teeth only come out partially, which creates a gap between your teeth and your gums. This area is difficult to brush, so it is the perfect area for bad bacteria to grow in the mouth.
What if my wisdom teeth are already grown in?
If your wisdom teeth have already come in and your teeth line up well with the others, you have no issues biting or chewing, and you are able to thoroughly clean your wisdom teeth easily, you may very well be fine to leave them. On the other hand, if there are complications, you may want to reconsider. Here are the signs to watch out for:
• Damage to surrounding teeth
• Gum disease
• Tooth decay
• Repeated infections in the back of the mouth
If any of these things become present, you may consider talking to your dentist about removing your wisdom teeth.
I think I need to get my wisdom teeth removed. What now?
If you think wisdom teeth removal is the path for you, contact our offices and we will schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Gabhart will work with you to determine the best plan of action.