Why Do Wisdom Teeth Require Removal?
Most people will develop four wisdom teeth throughout their lifetime: two on the top jaw and two on the bottom. Some people never develop any, and that’s okay.
In some cases, these teeth can erupt and cause no complications. Unfortunately, due to their late arrival and unusual placement, problems can arise for many.
There often isn’t enough room in the mouth to accommodate four new arrivals. This cramped spacing can lead to impacting.
Impacting occurs when the tooth is either partially or wholly beneath the gum’s surface. This condition inhibits the functionality of the surrounding teeth and can cause significant discomfort if left untreated. In some cases, it may even lead to infection.
What Negative Effects Do I Risk with an Untreated Wisdom Tooth?
The tooth isn’t the only thing that can cause pain or discomfort if no extraction takes place. Numerous consequences can arise from ignoring an impacted tooth, including:
- Increased likelihood of infection – since wisdom teeth grow at such unusual angles, they become difficult to clean over time. It can lead to an increased buildup of bacteria and debris, resulting in a nasty infection if untreated
- Inflammation or irritation of the cheeks – impacting doesn’t just affect dental health. Any infection can spread through to the rest of your mouth and cause highly uncomfortable irritations.
- Overcrowding – as the wisdom teeth are often the last to erupt in the mouth, there often isn’t adequate room for them. They apply excess pressure on the teeth already present, which can cause misalignment.
Wisdom teeth are only something to be concerned about if you leave them untreated for prolonged periods. Our expert staff is on-hand to assist you every step of the way, so you won’t have to experience any of these issues.
What Is the Removal Procedure for Wisdom Teeth?
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is similar to any ordinary tooth extraction.
The complexity of the procedure depends on how impacted the wisdom tooth is in your gum. Partial impacting only requires a simple extraction. With a tooth impacted entirely beneath the gum’s surface, surgical intervention is often necessary.
All of our surgical procedures are centered around our patient’s well-being. For this reason, we offer a wide variety of sedative options for your treatment. Come in for a consultation to discuss the best option for you.