24 Jun Why Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
Wisdom teeth removal by a specialist orthodontist is a procedure we should all consider if they are posing a constant problem to your dental health.
Wisdom Teeth, Not So Wise
Also known as your third molars, wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 16 and 25.
It’s rare for these backseat drivers to emerge without some sort of issue.
Most of us will suffer one or more complications linked to wisdom teeth, which is why wisdom teeth removal is a common practice.
For the most part, problems occur when a tooth becomes impacted, which means it is either fully or partially covered by the gums or bone.
A dental specialist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can explain further, but here is some helpful information to give you a better understanding of your wisdom teeth.
To fully understand the benefits of wisdom teeth removal, it helps to first understand the problems they can cause.
Here are some sure fire signs that your wisdom teeth are causing complications:
- Your jaw is regularly painful, especially when you open it wide
- Swelling of the jaw
- Inflamed and bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Damage to your other teeth, especially those close to the wisdom teeth
Inflammation and infection: it’s a combination of limited space and partial impactions that create gum inflammation.
Left unattended the next complication is gum infection.
We at Live Life Smiling can tell you that once infection takes hold of your mouth it is difficult to control.
Once an impaction takes up permanent residence at the back of your mouth a separation between it and your gums creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria causing infection.
Crowded house: when wisdom teeth make their appearance or erupt they are already entering a crowded space.
With little or no room to move upward they’ll push neighbouring teeth aside in their quest to emerge.
This can lead to misalignment and if this is allowed to progress you might need cosmetic dental procedures to rectify the damage.
Dental damage: wisdom teeth do more than invade your mouth’s space, they can also damage your adjacent second molars by causing bone loss and cavities.
Taking it on the jaw: impactions lead to minute cysts and tumours in the jawbone, subsequently leading to joint pain and removal by a consultant who specialises in jaw disorders.
Cleaning catastrophe: painful gums will stop you from brushing the inflamed area effectively and it could make flossing too painful.
Wisdom teeth are hard to reach making it a daily challenge for your brush to do its job right at the back of your mouth.
Avoid the Wisdom Teeth Pain
Our experienced team will oversee your wisdom teeth removal so that you’ll never have to worry about dealing with constant pain and discomfort again.
We at Live Life Smiling Dental are here to help you through even the most complicated dental issues.