Wisdom teeth usually develop between the ages of 17 and 25. For 90% of us, we’ll have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems because they can grow into other teeth and fail to break through the gums. So how do you manage wisdom teeth that have become impacted? If there’s one thing you shouldn’t do, it’s ignoring them.
Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth
If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it’s definitely the biggest reason you should remove it. These teeth can damage adjacent teeth, form cysts and even develop an infection, which can enter your bloodstream and affect other organs in your body. According to The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), “dental and medical professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be removed in the following instances:
• Infections and/or periodontal disease
• Cavities that cannot be restored
• Pathologies such as cysts, and tumors
• Damage to neighboring teeth”
Of course, if you have healthy wisdom teeth, there’s no reason to remove them. You simply need to care for them like the rest of your teeth. But if you do need to remove your wisdom teeth, you’ll need to visit a dental surgeon like Dr. Beltran.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Surgery can sound scary, but rest assured your oral surgeon will go over any questions you may have prior to the procedure and recommend the type of anesthesia that’s best for you. In fact, most patients experience little or no pain during surgery. The complexity of the surgery will depend on the condition of your wisdom teeth and how severely they’re impacted.
There is usually some discomfort following the procedure, so your oral surgeon will prescribe the proper medication and possibly advise you change your diet for a short period. But after you’ve healed, you don’t have to worry about wisdom teeth ever again!
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, contact our office today.