Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
With Wisdom teeth, you can wait for a possible problem to occur or can have them removed as a precaution. At Atrium Dental, Phoenix Dentist, Dr. Sean Foroughi can perform a free consultation about the removal of wisdom teeth or do a complete examination with x-rays to determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary. X-rays that are usually helpful include panoramic x-ray or 3D conebeam x-ray. 3D conebeam x-ray can be more useful, especially if the wisdom teeth are near the sinus or a nerve.
Phoenix Dentist, Dr. Sean Foroughi is committed to helping his patients keep their teeth for a lifetime. At times, however, wisdom teeth extraction is deemed the best course of treatment. Some people are born without wisdom teeth, some people have enough space in their mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth, but some people end up getting their wisdom teeth removed as a precaution. Then there are the majority of people who wait until they’re in pain before seeing their dentist. There are several factors that Phoenix Dentist, Dr. Sean Foroughi takes into account before recommending wisdom teeth extraction. Most of the time, it will depend on the severity of the case.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning that they’re not able to fully erupt through the gum line due to limited space. Do wisdom teeth cause crowding on front teeth? This has been a debated topic and it seems there is not a conclusive evidence to support it.
Gum Disease or Tooth Decay
Wisdom teeth are some of the most difficult teeth to clean, simply because of their location in the back of your mouth, making it more complicated to reach with your toothbrush and floss. They’re also difficult to clean if they don’t actually erupt through the gum line, and their suspended state can lead to gingivitis or the beginning phase of gum disease.
Gingivitis is a swelling of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque around the gum line. Without proper care and maintenance, your gums will eventually recede, you may lose bone density in your jaw, and your teeth might need to be extracted. Gum disease can spread and lead to tooth decay and increase the potential need for extractions. Some wisdom teeth can cause cavities to the adjacent teeth.
Infected Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they could irritate the surrounding gums and cause painful cysts. These cysts need to be treated by your dentist as they can hollow out your jaw and damage nerves. Due to the high possibility of infection, irritation and pain, many people choose to get their wisdom teeth removed before any of these problems arise.
Wisdom teeth are best removed when the patient is young. The most common age to remove wisdom teeth are between 18-24. On a young patient the bone is more flexible and therefore the extraction is easier with less risk. Phoenix Dentist, Dr. Sean Foroughi can evaluate each patient for wisdom teeth extraction and determine the risk, benefit, and alternative treatment.