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The Top Reasons to Consider Wisdom Teeth Removal

June 10, 2024

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of teeth to emerge, usually appearing between ages 17 and 25. These teeth got their name because they come in during a time of life often referred to as the "Age of Wisdom." While some people's wisdom teeth grow in without any issues, many others experience problems that may require extraction.

Common Symptoms and Issues with Wisdom Teeth

  • Jaw pain or discomfort
  • Swelling of the gums around the wisdom teeth
  • Infection in the gum tissue surrounding the teeth
  • Cysts forming around the teeth
  • Damage to nearby teeth or bone structure
  • Gum disease and tooth decay

The human jaw has become smaller over time, making it harder for wisdom teeth to find enough space to grow in properly. This lack of space can lead to a variety of problems, including impaction (when the teeth are unable to fully erupt through the gums). Depending on the extent and type of impaction, these teeth may be covered by gum tissue or bone.

Even when wisdom teeth do manage to emerge, keeping them clean can be difficult due to their location at the back of the mouth. This makes them more susceptible to bacterial accumulation, dental disease, and infection. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may also contribute to the formation of cysts or tumors around the affected tooth.

At Melinda Marino, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our dedicated staff is committed to closely monitoring the development and health of your unerupted and erupted wisdom teeth. During regular checkups, we may recommend extracting potentially problematic third molars before they cause pain or complications. If you're already experiencing symptoms related to your wisdom teeth, we can provide prompt treatment and guidance on whether extraction is necessary.

While the decision to remove wisdom teeth should be made on a case-by-case basis, there are several compelling reasons why it might be the right choice for you. By eliminating the need for navigating far-back, hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, extraction can make maintaining good oral hygiene easier and more effective. This helps preserve the overall well-being of your gums and neighboring teeth.

In addition to simplifying your dental care routine, wisdom tooth removal can also help prevent more serious issues from developing down the line. In rare cases, impacted teeth may contribute to the formation of cysts or tumors around the affected tooth, causing extensive damage to the jawbone and surrounding teeth.

If you're considering having your wisdom teeth removed, it's essential to consult with a knowledgeable dental professional like those at our office. We can evaluate your unique situation and provide personalized recommendations based on factors such as the position of your teeth, the presence of any existing issues, and your overall oral health.

Don't let wisdom tooth pain or complications catch you off guard. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take control of your dental health!

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