Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as your third molars, usually come in between the ages of 17 and 21. If they come in correctly, they can help assist in chewing and cause no issues. However, according to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth that don’t grow in properly can cause the following problems:
- Trapped Food- If the position of your wisdom teeth is off, it can cause food to become trapped as you chew. This leaves you susceptible to bacteria that can cause cavities.
- Difficulty Flossing and Keeping Wisdom Teeth Clean
- More Likely to Cause Gum Infections
- Damage Neighboring Teeth
- Become Impacted and Cause Cysts- Cysts can lead to bone damage.
Every Patient is Unique
You might not necessarily need your wisdom teeth removed if they come in correctly. Some people’s wisdom teeth grow in with no issues at all, and they continue to have healthy, properly functioning teeth. In those cases, surgery is not necessary. The only person that will be able to assess your teeth and determine if your wisdom teeth will become a problem is your dentist. Make an appointment right away if you have any pain in your mouth or jaw that could be from your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal is Safe and Routine
Oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth is a safe and routine procedure that is performed often. Talk to your dentist about the procedure and what to expect. Patients usually recover quickly after surgery with little to no side effects other than mild pain while their mouth heals.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Even if you decide to keep your wisdom teeth, they should be monitored by your dentist for potential problems that you may not be aware of. Always keep your routine cleaning appointments and tell your dentist right away if you have concerns about your wisdom teeth. Dr. Zola Makrauer and Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts can answer any questions you may have about wisdom teeth removal. Call for an appointment today.