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Why Is My Dentist Telling Me Get Wisdom Tooth Removal?


Posted on 6/19/2023 by Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery
Why Is My Dentist Telling Me Get Wisdom Tooth Removal?Wisdom teeth are later-stage teeth or third molars found at the very hindmost part of the mouth. They usually are the last set of teeth to erupt. While they are supposed to be four, some people have less and others don't even have one. While not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted, most people need them removed at some point in life.

Wisdom teeth can remain if they are healthy, positioned properly, fully erupted in the gum, or easily cleaned as part of everyday oral hygiene practices. If they do not meet these requirements, then it is advisable to surgically remove them to prevent them from causing pain and problems to your other teeth. You may also want to remove them because of the following.

Damage to the Adjacent Teeth


Some people have smaller jaws to handle their wisdom teeth. At such a point, their teeth might become overcrowded. Overcrowded teeth are hard to thoroughly clean, hence a heightened risk of gum disease and tooth decay. At times, there may even be a danger of bone loss when the adjacent teeth or the wisdom teeth themselves break or chip. When this is the case, you may need to have them extracted.

Infection


Pericoronitis is a localized gum infection that happens when there is no adequate room in your mouth for a tooth to fully develop. It is among the reasons why patients schedule a wisdom tooth consultation. This gum infection can make the gum tissues get irritated and infected, hence causing inflammation and pain when chewing.

Cyst


A dental cyst is a fluid-filled bubble inside the jawbone. It can be caused by an impacted wisdom tooth. A cyst can destroy your jawbone and the surrounding teeth if left untreated. Therefore, you need to have our dentist address it early on to avoid tumors caused by delaying tooth removal. Visit our oral surgeon today and we shall be glad to help you out!

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