Keeping your wisdom teeth may seem like a good idea. However, keeping your wisdom teeth can result in severe complications. Here are a few reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed:
Dental shifting can occur when wisdom teeth press against adjacent teeth, forcing the other teeth out of alignment. Since wisdom teeth are the third molars, they are located at the very rear of the mouth. In this position, the pressure that is applied by a wisdom tooth can affect most of the teeth that lie in the same palate with that wisdom tooth.
As a wisdom tooth applies pressure on the tooth that is adjacent to it, a domino effect can result. Multiple teeth can be forced out of their proper position.
Braces and other orthodontic appliances can be used to correct the misalignment. However, as long as the offending wisdom tooth is left in place, the shifting of the teeth may recur.
Some wisdom teeth never even erupt from the gums. Still, they can place pressure on adjacent teeth from their hidden position. To determine the manner in which a wisdom tooth that has not presented is positioned beneath the gums, a dentist may perform x-rays. Even though a wisdom tooth has not erupted, it can still be extracted if it appears to be problematic.
Due to their location in the rear of the mouth, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean properly. Most toothbrushes will not fit probably behind a wisdom tooth. After a result, plaque and food particles may remain behind the wisdom tooth long enough to cause decay. This can be especially problematic because the decay can be spread from a wisdom tooth to other teeth in the mouth.
Sometimes, a patient who still has his or her wisdom teeth develops a condition called pericoronitis. The condition is actually a type of inflammation of the gums.
Some wisdom teeth have only partially erupted from the gums. This can leave a pocket of gum tissue surrounding the back of the tooth. When the patient eats, particles of food may become lodged in this pocket, causing the gums to become inflamed. The removal of the edible debris is not easily performed using a toothbrush or floss. Thus, an oral irrigator may be needed. Still, in some cases, once the gums become irritated and swollen, the debris must be removed by dentist. After cleaning the area, the inflammation of the gums may subside. Still, the dentist may snip away the gums that have formed the pocket to help prevent the issue from recurring. However, the best solution is the removal of the offending wisdom tooth.
If you are considering the removal of your wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your area to learn more.