Find out why wisdom teeth so often need to be removed.
Despite the name, wisdom teeth won’t actually make you smarter—in fact, the smarter choice may actually be to have them removed. After all, most wisdom teeth do not come in properly, leading to a host of problems from infections to damaged teeth. To prevent these problems from occurring, your dentists, Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich of Racine, WI, remove this third and final set of molars before they start to cause issues—read on to learn more!
When do wisdom teeth come in?
These molars usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. Of course, even before they erupt, our Racine, WI, general dentist will be able to see them on an x-ray and determine at which angle they are coming in. Often times, just with a simple x-ray alone, we can tell that they are going to become impacted.
Why do my wisdom teeth need to come out?
If these teeth come in healthy and do not affect the other teeth, then you might not need to undergo tooth extraction; however, this is rarely the case. In most cases, there simply isn’t enough room in the jaws to support this last set of teeth. Wisdom teeth need to be removed if:
- They are hidden or trapped within the jaws: this can lead to an infection or the development of a cyst, which can damage the roots of the teeth and surrounding bone.
- They only partially erupt through the gums: this can make it more challenging to keep this area clean, leaving the partially open gums at risk for bacteria and infection.
- They cause crowding: as we mentioned earlier, many times there just isn’t enough room for these wisdom teeth to come in properly, which can push teeth out of alignment or even damage them.
You should also have your wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms as a result,
- Dental Pain
- Repeated infections
- Gum disease
- Injuries and damage to other teeth
Concerned? Give us a call
Schedule a wisdom tooth extraction consultation with Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, today by dialing (262) 632-3156.