Why Should You Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Why Should You Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth don’t make anyone wiser, but they do make people hurt, especially when they (the teeth) are in precarious positions. 

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but if they’re causing problems a trip to your orthodontist may be necessary.

Here are some signs you should have your wisdom teeth removed.

Damage to Other Teeth

Wisdom teeth often emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 when most of your baby teeth have already been replaced by your permanent teeth. 

This means that there is often not enough space in your jaw for your wisdom teeth to come in or develop normally.

While some people are lucky enough to have wisdom teeth emerge with no problem, for many people the growth of wisdom teeth can cause damage to other existing teeth. 

This could happen because their third molars are pushing the other teeth around, causing pain and bite problems.

At worst, you may have difficulty eating your favourite seafood

Damage to Jaw

There are cases where wisdom teeth grow impacted within the jaw. This shifts the other teeth around as well as your jawline. 

If this happens, you may have problems opening your mouth or you may experience pain when you do so. At worst, cysts can form along the newly erupted molars which can hollow out your jaw bones. 

It can also damage the nerves of neighbouring teeth when left untreated, so before this happens you need to get wisdom teeth removed.

Sinus Problems

Your oral health doesn’t end at your mouth. It also affects your overall health, and some wisdom teeth issues may lead to sinus problems

If your molars are causing sinus pain, pressure and congestion, you should see your dentist to get your wisdom teeth removed. 

Overcrowding

If your mouth is too small for your wisdom teeth, you may experience overcrowding if you don’t have them removed. Not only will this be inconvenient for your bite, but it will also be more difficult to floss and brush your teeth.

Over time, this could lead to cavities which are just about the worst enemy of dentists. If you want to avoid giving up cakes or other sweets, you should get your wisdom teeth sorted as soon as possible. 

Inflamed Gums

When you have impacted wisdom teeth, your gums can suffer too. They can cause the gums to swell up which will make them difficult to clean.

When your gums are sore, flossing and brushing may be harder. This could lead to cavities and tooth decay.

If you don’t want your teeth to rot, you should have your wisdom teeth extracted.

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Wisdom teeth removal isn’t necessary for everyone, but if they are causing pain and issues to your oral health you should see your orthodontist and get it checked. 

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