Everyone has wisdom teeth, or third molars, yet most people end up having their wisdom teeth removed. Why? Because most people end up not having enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to erupt properly. Your third molars are the last of your permanent teeth to erupt, but if there is not sufficient room, they can become impacted. An impacted tooth is when a tooth gets blocked and cannot fully erupt through the jaw bone or gum tissue. Wisdom teeth can also erupt at an odd angle, which could push your other teeth out of their proper positions.
When wisdom teeth cannot erupt properly, they can pose many issues to your oral health. Some of these issues include:
- Changing the current alignment of teeth
- Damaging other molars
- Causing tooth decay in either the molars or neighboring teeth
- Infecting gum tissue
- Forming cysts
- Damaging the jaw bone
In many cases, our dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed to avoid any of the above or other issues. When you visit our practice, our dentist can take X-rays and perform an oral examination to determine whether you will need wisdom teeth removal. If you do need to have your wisdom teeth removed, our dentist and team will ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible, and that your treatment is as pain-free as possible.
If you would like to know more about wisdom teeth and whether you require wisdom teeth removal, we invite you to contact our practice today. We are here to help keep you and your smile healthy!