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Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

February 10, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

“You’re going to have to have your wisdom teeth removed.”

Those aren’t the words you really want to hear. And it’s natural to have questions. “Why?” is the biggest one, especially if you haven’t had any problems with them… yet.

Be sure to ask every single question you have when a dentist tells you that you need a major procedure like wisdom teeth removal. The most important part of your relationship with your dentist is that you feel comfortable with everything.

In case you haven’t had the chance to ask your dentist, or you are just preparing for the future, here are some reasons we recommend wisdom teeth removal surgery.

Your Wisdom Teeth are Impacted

Teeth that are impacted don’t have enough room in your mouth to grow properly. They get squeezed in your jaw and end up pushed into the tooth next to them, or they turn completely sideways. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems, and it’s one of the main reasons we take out wisdom teeth. Here are a few problems impacted wisdom teeth can cause.

  • Crowding – They can cause damage to other teeth, or affect the alignment of your teeth because they are pushing up against them.
  • Gum problems – If your wisdom teeth come in and are impacted and have erupted, it can be difficult to clean the gums around your wisdom teeth. Often we’ll see a buildup of plaque and tartar underneath the impacted tooth. If this build up isn’t taken care of, it can lead to gum disease and eventual tooth loss.
  • Cavities – Because it’s very difficult to clean all the surfaces of an impacted tooth, we see tooth decay on a wisdom tooth or the adjacent tooth.

Jaw Damage

Sometimes cysts can form around your wisdom teeth when they erupt. These cysts can lead to major problems and even jaw and nerve damage.

Sinus Issues

Although it’s rare, problems with your wisdom teeth can lead to headaches, sinus pressure, and pain.

Why do you get your wisdom teeth out when you’re young?

If you take a look at the videos of people online groggy after their wisdom teeth out, they are pretty much all in high school. This is because your teenage years are the best time to get your wisdom teeth out. As you age, the bones in your mouth get harder and removing your wisdom teeth becomes more difficult. There are more complications for people as they get older and have their wisdom teeth removed.

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