Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed
Almost a rite of passage, getting your wisdom teeth out has become the norm for many teenagers and young adults. Yet when faced with the question of whether you should get them out, you might not know the right answer. Here’s what you should know about getting your wisdom teeth out.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
To begin with, let’s look at what wisdom teeth are. Your wisdom teeth are third molars, meaning the last molars you receive and the molars that are the furthest back in your mouth. If your wisdom teeth erupt, they will not do so before your teen years, but in some cases, it takes longer than that as well.
Remember that not everyone even gets wisdom teeth. Some patients will get all four, but others will only have two or three, and even some have none at all. Evolution-wise, wisdom teeth used to come in to replace the other lost permanent teeth, which was commonplace before we had better oral health and hygiene.
Reasons for Removal
There are actually many reasons to have your wisdom teeth pulled, if your experienced Vancouver dentist has recommended it. Even if you are not suffering from any pain or symptoms, getting wisdom teeth removed is often the best choice that you can make. Some reasons for removal include:
- Impacted teeth: When your wisdom teeth are impacted, they have developed underneath your gums and are not able to break through into your mouth. This can happen if your mouth is too small to accommodate the new teeth or the teeth could be growing at an odd angle. Even when under the skin, the impacted teeth can push into the roots of the neighbouring teeth, causing movement and risking damage to your other teeth.
- Tooth decay: Your wisdom teeth are in the very back of your mouth and are often difficult, if not impossible to reach to properly brush and floss, making these teeth more prone to decay. They also can cause inflammation, pulling the gums back from the teeth, also resulting in tooth decay.
- Jaw damage: Wisdom teeth can have cysts that form around them. These cysts can hollow out your jawbone, cause tooth loss, and damage nerves in the process.
- Crowding: Many people do not have mouths large enough to allow the wisdom teeth to come in properly. If the teeth force themselves all the way up, your straight smile might wind up with a lot of crowding. This also can damage your other teeth.
- Sinus pain: Wisdom teeth along the top of your mouth can be the source of sinus problems, including headaches, pressure, and congestion. The sinus cavity runs right long the upper arch of your mouth.
Other Words of Wisdom
If your dentist has seen the development of your wisdom teeth and recommends you get them out, you should get them out as early as you can. Wisdom teeth are easier to remove on younger patients and can be removed before any other damage is inflicted. Most people get their wisdom teeth out for a specific reason. Listen to your dentist.