If you are wondering whether or not you should remove your wisdom teeth, you are not alone. Thousands of people every day wonder if it’s necessary to have their wisdom teeth extracted.
Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens and even into early adulthood. Wisdom teeth are your back molars (also known as the third molars) and are the last teeth to grow in after you have lost all of your baby teeth. Sometimes the wisdom teeth remain embedded inside the jawbones are known as ‘impacted wisdom teeth.’ Most people get their wisdom teeth removed to prevent any complications from arising later on in life. However, some people do not need to get them removed because they erupt perfectly with the rest of one’s teeth. If you think your wisdom teeth are coming in, you should visit the dentist to see what your options are and how you should move forward in terms of removal. But, what happens if you don’t remove your wisdom teeth? What if they stay in?
Signs and Symptoms Of Wisdom Teeth
The following are common signs and symptoms of wisdom teeth when they come in:
- Pain: If you experience pain in the back of your mouth and jaw, your wisdom teeth may be coming in. Patients most often report the sensation of pressure and irritation. This can vary in severity depending on the amount of space your mouth has for the wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to come out completely, they can cause inflammation and severe pain in the area.
- Inflammation: Your gums may become inflamed, swollen, and sensitive around the area where the wisdom teeth are growing in. This may be accompanied by pain, but it’s not always the case. If the inflammation progresses, the area may eventually get infected leading to a plethora of oral health issues.
- Loose and damaged teeth: Some wisdom teeth end up growing sideways, and can loosen or damage the adjacent second molars. Cavities, gum disease all may cause the adjacent tooth to break down and possible loosen. Many of these teeth end up needing to be extracted and replaced with dental implants.
Complications with Wisdom Teeth
While removing your wisdom teeth may seem like a pain, the complications can be a lot worse if you decide to ignore the issue altogether. Some of these problems include:
- Oral Infection: If your wisdom teeth don’t fully come through your gums or even come through only partially, it can lead to an inflammatory condition known as pericoronitis.
- Oral Cysts: If your wisdom tooth doesn’t come through at all, it can lead to a cyst or even a jaw tumor. This can damage your bone and gum tissue, causing even further issues to your mouth.
- Impacted Teeth: If your wisdom teeth remains embedded within the jawbones without erupting, it is considered to be impacted. They can be buried, partially or fully, in your gums or even in your jaw bone. The problem with impacted wisdom teeth is that they are difficult to take care of and can lead to decay, gum disease, bone damage, and can potentially lead to teeth crowding. They can also misalign your teeth leading to bite issues inside your mouth.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
A dentist will be able to let you know whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed. The diagnosis is straightforward, and the wisdom teeth removal procedure is common. We perform procedure in a dental office with our expert surgical team. The great news is the procedure is completed within 30 minutes, and you can leave the same day. We suggest you take a few days off if possible to deal with any soreness or discomfort as your gums heal. Tenderness and pain are common but will subside within a few days if taken care of properly. Pain medication, cold compresses, and staying away from solid foods will help. Most patients are back to their normal regular activities in no more than one week.
Oral Surgery in Houston, TX
Dr. Sanjar Naderi at Best Dental is a highly educated and experienced in wisdom teeth removal. He has worked with numerous patients with a wide variety of dental issues, including wisdom tooth extraction. Dr. Naderi and his surgical team are eager to help with any of your dental concerns, so contact the office for an appointment today!