Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the sleep disorders treated by a sleep dentist. This condition causes the patient to stop breathing periodically during the night due to physical inhibitions in the air passages. To diagnose the condition, the sleep dentist will evaluate the signs and symptoms and conduct tests and examinations. This article…
Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Using Oral Surgery
There are many reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed using oral surgery and very few reasons to allow them to grow in. We can provide you with a comfortable, successful, and problem-free surgery to remove wisdom teeth for good before they start causing problems. Below are a few reasons why wisdom teeth are concerning and why you should have them removed using oral surgery when necessary.
1. Limited Space in Your Jaw Bone
For most patients, there is a limited amount of space left in the jawbone when it is time for wisdom teeth to erupt. Due to this, wisdom teeth can grow in and cause surrounding teeth and gums to become difficult to clean. An infection then develops and spreads, causing a long list of other potential issues.
2. Increases Potential for Periodontal Disease
Since space becomes so restricted once wisdom teeth grow in if they even grow in correctly, the risk of oral inflammation and tartar growth is increased. Oral inflammation, when not taken care of immediately, can lead to periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to preterm births and low birth weights in infants, along with an increase in your likelihood of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Gum disease, in general, is hard to get rid of and can lead to tooth loss, gum recession, discomfort, bleeding, and tooth abscesses.
3. Abscesses, Cysts, and Tumors Can Develop
Most wisdom teeth do not have enough room to successfully erupt through the gum line, so they become impacted. Impacted teeth are caught between the bone and gum tissues, which causes discomfort, swelling, bleeding, and eventually, infection. When this occurs, the likelihood of tooth abscesses, cysts, and tumors increases, which require invasive procedures to remove. Once removed, it can be hard to repair the area and encourage correct healing that restores the appearance and function of your teeth, gums, and jaws.
4. You May Need Orthodontic Treatment If Wisdom Teeth Grow in
If your teeth are straight currently and you allow wisdom teeth to grow in, it can cause crowding, crookedness, and an unsightly smile. Do not run the risk of needed orthodontic treatment when you can have your wisdom teeth removed using oral surgery and avoid extra costs later. Many people probably envy your naturally straight smile. Do not allow wisdom teeth to ruin your teeth or cause avoidable orthodontic treatments to become a necessity.
5. Wisdom Teeth Cause Discomfort
In addition to wisdom teeth being generally unhealthy for your teeth and jaw structure, they can also be painful. Crowding of nearby teeth and wisdom teeth struggling to erupt through the gum tissues can be a painful process that we guarantee you will want to avoid. Having these teeth removed using oral surgery will not cause discomfort and can promote a healthy, pain-free mouth.
If you have not yet had oral surgery to remove your wisdom teeth, visit our office soon to determine if this procedure is necessary for your oral and overall health. We can provide you with peace of mind and healthy dental structure for years to come.