Keeping your wisdom teeth could contribute to uncomfortable oral health and quality of life issues. These teeth rarely emerge through the gums properly because they do not have adequate room to erupt. Since wisdom teeth commonly become impacted (“stuck” in the bone and/or gums), dental health professionals recommend that patients see an oral surgeon for their removal.
Following are the four most common problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth.
Patients with impacted wisdom teeth have increased risks for tooth decay. Retained wisdom teeth can decay if parts of their crowns are exposed through the gums. Keeping wisdom teeth clean is very difficult because food and debris tends to become trapped beneath the gingiva.
Beyond high risks for decay of wisdom teeth, other teeth can develop cavities, too. When wisdom teeth emerge, the mouth can become very crowded, which makes cleaning between other teeth cumbersome.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a common concern for patients with wisdom teeth. When gum disease advances, it can destroy a person’s oral health. Late-stage periodontal disease erodes the gums and bone and ultimately leads to tooth loss. Anything that can be done to reduce the threat of gum disease, including wisdom teeth extraction, is wise.
Orofacial pain is commonplace among people who have their wisdom teeth and it can greatly impact people’s quality of life. As these teeth emerge, they cause crowding. Patients with wisdom teeth may experience frequent headaches and pain along the jaw. They may also struggle with discomfort when speaking, eating, yawning, and laughing.
Unwanted Tooth Movement
Crowding associated with the emergence of wisdom teeth can lead to teeth migrating out of place. This is especially concerning for patients who have previously received orthodontic treatment.
Our practice provides high-quality oral healthcare. If your dentist has referred you to our oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal, call the office of Dr. Robert Peak to reserve a consultation.