Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are commonly removed as early as 14 or 15 years old, especially if problems are identified early. Wisdom teeth removal is generally easier, quicker, and experience fewer complications if done before the root system fully develops.

 

Problems Associated with Wisdom Teeth:

• Infection
• Damage to adjacent teeth and tissue
• Tooth decay
• Periodontal disease
• Development of cysts and tumors
• Receding gums
• Tooth loss
• Jaw weakening
• Interference with needed dental treatments

Top Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth

1. Limited Space & Malposition – Because there is limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt and because the surrounding gums are difficult to keep clean, infection and inflammation are common even when there are no apparent symptoms. Research shows that once inflammation takes hold, it is almost impossible to eliminate and may spread to other teeth.

2. Oral Pathology – In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth develop associated cysts and / or tumors. Removal of such lesions may require extensive procedures to repair and restore jaw function and appearance.

3. Increased Complications with Aging – With age, the chance for complications related to the removal of wisdom teeth increases.

4. Damage to Neighboring Teeth & Tissues – On occasion as the wisdom teeth grow and erupt they may grow into neighboring teeth and require removal of both teeth.

5. Actual Benefit?? – Even when wisdom teeth erupt through the gum tissues, they rarely provide any meaningful function and are always difficult to keep clean.

6. Possible Pregnancy Issues – Research suggests that oral inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may contribute to preterm or low birth weight infants.

7. Gum Disease & Inflammation – Gum disease and inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may lead to receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.

8. Crowding of Teeth – Wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of nearby teeth.

9. Contribution to other Diseases – Even wisdom teeth that seem to be problem-free (asymptomatic) remain a breeding ground for oral infection and inflammation. Research supports the concept that such inflammation may enter the bloodstream and contribute to the development and / or progression of a variety of diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, stroke, and other health problems.

10. Interference Problems with Crowns or Partial Dentures – Position and location of wisdom teeth can at times interfere with placement of dental crowns or partial dentures and necessitate removal.

11. Faster Recovery – Once it has been determined that a wisdom tooth will no successfully erupt into your mouth and be maintained in a healthy state, early removal of wisdom teeth is associated with faster and easier recovery.

12. Peace of Mind – The number reason for removing your wisdom teeth is Peace of Mind!!

Damage to adjacent teeth

Cysts

Crown Placement

Ectopic Eruption

Interfering with a Removable Prosthesis