Your dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed if they have become painful and problematic. Alternatively, your dentist may suggest that you have your wisdom teeth extracted, even if they aren’t yet problematic, as this can help you avoid aesthetic and oral health issues in the future.
Today our Glendale dentists are going to review some of the benefits of timely wisdom tooth extraction…
1. Avoid/minimize oral infections
Wisdom teeth are prone to becoming infected, because they are so far back in the patient’s mouth, and thus difficult to brush and floss properly. Wisdom teeth often develop cavities, and if these infections are left untreated, the oral bacteria can infect adjacent teeth, as well as oral tissue, and even jawbone tissue.
2. Maintain dental alignment
When wisdom teeth start to emerge, they often come in at strange angles, and horizontally. This puts pressure on the patient’s existing smile, and leads to crooked and crowded smiles.
3. Avoid cyst development
Sometimes wisdom teeth cause cysts to develop at the tooth site. This is not only painful for the patient, but it can also cause a number of very serious oral health complications. Cysts can damage your tooth roots and your bone tissue.
If your dentist recommends that you have your wisdom teeth removed, please take this recommendation seriously! Timely wisdom tooth removal can make all the difference to your long-term oral health status. And stay alert for the signs of problematic wisdom teeth: pain in the back of the jaw, a feeling of tightness in your back molars, infected and/or difficult to clean gum tissue that “flaps” over partially emerged wisdom teeth.
If you want more information about this important treatment, please contact our Glendale dental team!