The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

You may feel apprehensive if your dentist tells you it’s necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed. Although the idea may seem a little scary, wisdom teeth extraction can provide many significant benefits to your oral and overall health–and save you from future pain. Here’s what you need to know about wisdom teeth removal.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that erupt (push through your gums) in your late teens or early 20s.  Although these teeth may have once helped our ancestors break down tough foods, they are no longer necessary for chewing.

Why do some people need to get their wisdom teeth removed?

When wisdom teeth erupt fully and properly aligned, there’s usually no need to remove them. Unfortunately, this does not often happen. Lack of space in the mouth causes many wisdom teeth to become impacted: the teeth remain trapped beneath the gum line or in the jawbone, unable to emerge fully or at all. Some wisdom teeth may also emerge at the wrong angle, crowding your other teeth and causing them to become move out of place.

Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can cause a host of painful and potentially dangerous problems, which is why most dentists recommend their removal.

What are the benefits of wisdom teeth removal?

 As impacted, partially impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can bring a heap of pain and complications, removing them can provide immediate relief of symptoms or protect you from future troubles. Removal benefits include:

  • Decreased risk of gum disease and decay. Misaligned or partially impacted wisdom teeth are notoriously difficult to clean. If you don’t clean them properly, bacteria and bits of food can get trapped between the gum and partially erupted tooth, increasing your risk of developing an infection, tooth decay, or pericoronitis, a painful, inflammatory gum condition.
  • Lowered risk of developing cysts. Fully impacted wisdom teeth can be prone to developing cysts, a fluid-filled sac, near the tooth. Cysts can damage the roots of other teeth, the jaw bone, and nerves in the mouth. In rare cases, a noncancerous tumor may develop.
  • Avoidance of damage to other teeth.Poorly aligned wisdom teeth may push against your second molar and cause your other teeth to shift. Damage to your other teeth can cause headaches, mouth pain, or changes to your bite.

Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth may also be the source of bad breath, jaw pain, headaches, and swollen, tender or bleeding gums.

Portland Oral Surgery

If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area and would like to discuss the benefits of wisdom teeth removal, don’t hesitate to contact Portland Oral Surgery specialists today. Our oral surgeons have the training, experience, and advanced technology to remove your wisdom teeth safely and with maximum comfort.