If you have wisdom teeth that are starting to bother you, you may be wondering if these third molars will fall out on their own. First we need to discuss what wisdom teeth are, their development in the jaws, and why it’s very unlikely for these teeth to fall out on their own.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the jawbone. They usually complete their formation around the early teenage years. They can either erupt during this time, or they remain embedded inside the jawbone where they are known as impacted wisdom teeth. Most patients end up getting their wisdom teeth removed during their teenage years to prevent complications that can occur later on in life. Most times, sedation dentistry is needed although some patients prefer traditional local anesthesia to have their third molars pulled.
What happens if you never get your wisdom teeth pulled out?
Due to the myriad of oral health problems that wisdom teeth pose, most dental health professionals recommend their removal early on in life. Some of these health concerns include:
- Adjacent tooth damage
- Tooth caries
- Jaw infections
- Jaw cysts and tumors
- Gum swelling
- Trismus (difficulty opening your mouth)
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in your mouth
Do your wisdom teeth ever fall out on their own?
This rarely happens as wisdom teeth are protected and held in place by our jaw bones. Patients with severe gum disease and bone loss around their wisdom teeth can start to feel their wisdom teeth get loose and potentially fall out on their own. Remember that this is a rarity, and most wisdom teeth will need to be removed by a trained oral surgeon, or expert surgical dentist with years of experience.
Why do wisdom teeth become loose?
As previously mentioned, most wisdom teeth get loose when a patient has bone loss and gum disease around the tooth. What happens in this case is that the supporting bone tissue in the jaw that is holding the wisdom tooth in place disintegrates due to bacteria. This leads to less and less support for the third molar, and over time, will start to feel loose inside the mouth. If the bone loss is significant enough, the wisdom tooth may even fall out of the socket and into your mouth. This rarely happens, except in those with severe periodontal problems.
In rare cases, a dental cavity may penetrate into the nerve of the wisdom tooth causing the third molar to get infected. If this infection spreads to the surrounding tissue, bone loss can occur which can potentially lead to a loose wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth removal at Best Dental
If you are needing your wisdom teeth removed due to pain, teeth crowding, loosening, or any other issue, come meet our team of surgical experts here at Best Dental. We offer affordable wisdom teeth removable that won’t break your bank. For $1,200, we will remove all four wisdom teeth and provide you with dental sedation to help you sleep during your surgery. Call our team today to schedule your free wisdom teeth consultation. We hope to meet you soon!