6 Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted

The wisdom teeth are the hindmost molars that erupt in young adulthood. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth don’t always erupt peacefully. Your dentist may consider the problems associated with wisdom teeth and advise you to preemptively have your wisdom teeth extracted. Below are some of the specific reasons to extract wisdom teeth.

1. To Maintain Dental Alignment

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One of the worst things about wisdom teeth is that they erupt so late in life. By the time your wisdom teeth erupt, your jawbone may have completed its development and your teeth may already occupy all of the available space. The inadequate space will force your wisdom teeth to push the other teeth out of the way, and this may interfere with your dental alignment.

2. To Prevent Sinus Problems

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Your wisdom teeth may trigger sinus problems if the teeth don’t erupt properly. Wisdom teeth in the upper jaw may put pressure on the sinuses and create stuffiness that may even trigger a headache. Don’t forget that you have sinuses right above and behind the back teeth where the wisdom teeth erupt.

3. To Prevent Jaw Problems

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You may also face jaw problems if you don’t extract your wisdom teeth early enough. The jaw problems may occur if your wisdom teeth try to come up when your jaw is already crowded with teeth. Your jaw may be overcrowded with teeth if it’s smaller than other adult jaws.

A wisdom tooth in an overcrowded jaw may cause jaw pain, ear pain, and general discomfort around the jaw area. The jaw problems can be particularly intense if the wisdom teeth don’t erupt fast enough. In such a case, your dentist will likely advise that you have the wisdom teeth extracted to relieve the pain.

4. To Prevent Current Dental Decay and Pain

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Wisdom teeth rarely erupt without pain. Most wisdom teeth struggle to erupt, and they tear the gums and cause swelling and intense pain. The folds of the torn gum tissues may trap food remains and bacteria that may cause a severe and painful infection at the extraction site.

5. To Prevent Future Dental Issues

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Even if your wisdom teeth don’t cause problems now, they may still cause problems in the future. For one thing, wisdom teeth complications tend to progress slowly and they may not be obvious in the initial stages. In addition, wisdom teeth are difficult to clean due to their location at the back of the teeth, and the difficulty in cleaning increases the risk of decay.

Considering the above two factors, your dentist may advise you to extract the wisdom teeth to avoid future problems. Many people agree that preventing dental issues and their associated pain is easier than waiting for the issues to develop and having to deal with them.

6. To Avoid Future Extractions

If you don’t extract your wisdom teeth now, you may still have to do so in the future. This is because wisdom teeth tend to be problematic. As you have read above, your wisdom teeth are more likely to cause and experience more problems than are other teeth.

You may wonder why you shouldn’t just wait and extract the teeth when they become problematic. Wisdom teeth get harder to remove when they are allowed to grow in. 

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Prevent Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Also, depending on your jaw structure, your wisdom teeth might become impacted. When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, it gets stuck under the surface of your gums and begins growing at an odd angle because it has nowhere else to grow, often causing pain and discomfort. Impacted wisdom teeth can also make the rest of your teeth shift out of alignment.

Problems Caused By Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Only the worst cases of impacted wisdom teeth cause problems. But you’ll notice them when those problems do occur.

Symptoms Include:

  • Gum swelling and redness
  • General jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Stiffness and immobility in your jaw

Schedule a Consultation at Snodgrass and King

As you can see from the above discussion, wisdom teeth tend to create lots of problems that you may avoid by a preemptive extraction. At Snodgrass-King, we will analyze your wisdom teeth and figure out if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted. If you have a wisdom tooth, whether it has erupted fully or not, make an appointment with us for a comprehensive consultation.

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