When wisdom teeth are aligned properly and the gum tissue is healthy, they do not need to be removed. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from erupting properly within the mouth—partially erupted or impacted teeth can cause many problems including excess bacteria and infection.
Through an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our surgeons are able to evaluate the position of wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Patients are typically evaluated as teenagers and early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and decrease surgical risk.
Wisdom tooth removal is most commonly performed during the teenage and young adulthood years, typically from 16-25. The benefit to removing wisdom teeth at this age becomes all the avoided problems wisdom teeth and impact teeth can cause. Wisdom teeth tend to grow later in life, once the adult teeth have already come in, and this causes crowding that can lead to crooked teeth, infections, and a multitude of other oral complications. It’s just easier to remove these teeth entirely and avoid the issues down the line.
It may seem easy to ignore an impacted tooth, but over the long term, wisdom teeth can lead to issues such as:
Most of the time, we see patients that have the first symptoms of an impacted tooth. However, the best way to prevent these issues from occurring is to visit an oral surgeon in your area to find out the impact these teeth can have on your oral health.