For many, wisdom teeth extraction can be a scary trip to the dentist. The procedure itself requires anesthesia and may involve slight pressure, and the recovery can be painful and cause swollen cheeks.
So you might wonder why anyone would choose to get this procedure done. Why not just let your teeth be? The answer depends on how your individual wisdom teeth grow in.
Depending on the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth, your wisdom teeth could grow in without causing damage to the surrounding teeth. But for many, wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning that they grow into teeth next to them, causing them to have to be removed.
While you may be reluctant to undergo wisdom teeth extraction, avoiding this procedure can lead to some pretty nasty dental maladies that could be significantly harder and more expensive to deal with.
If your jaw is not large enough for them, your wisdom teeth may become impacted and unable to break through your gums. Your wisdom teeth may also break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful, due to probable infection.
Wisdom teeth often grow in awkward angles, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side. Other than infection, impacted wisdom teeth can cause damage to other teeth and bone if they grow into said tooth or bone as well as cysts.
Again, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. But if there’s a chance that your wisdom teeth will cause problems, it’s easier to take them out when you’re young. That’s because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed yet, and the bone around the teeth is less dense. Younger people also heal faster than older ones. As you age, it will take longer to recover from the surgery.
So while you may be hesitant to come in for an extraction, when it comes to your wisdom teeth, a trip to A New Smile to get your wisdom teeth removed painlessly by one of our excellent and experienced oral surgeons may be the worthiest trip to the dentist that you’ve ever made.