Wisdom teeth, technically called third molars, are the last adult teeth to emerge, and by the time they’re ready to come out, there’s often not room in the jaws for them. If they are allowed to develop, they can cause serious health and cosmetic complaints, threatening your oral and overall health. They can even lead to the loss of other teeth. Fortunately, wisdom tooth extraction can be a relatively simple procedure, allowing you to avoid the potential complications associated with wisdom teeth.
If you know or suspect you need a wisdom tooth extraction in Houston, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry in The Woodlands.
Wisdom Teeth Complications
If left in place, wisdom teeth can cause many potential complications. Among the common complications related to them, you might experience:
- Crooked and crowded teeth
- Oral hygiene challenges
- Gum disease
- Damage to other teeth
- Cysts and tumors
The biggest problem with them is that there just isn’t enough room for them in the jaw. As they strive to emerge, they push against the teeth already in the jaw, causing them to crowd together and become crooked.
Wisdom teeth are very far in the back of the mouth. They can be hard to clean with toothbrushes and dental floss. This challenge becomes even greater when the tooth is fully or partly impacted against other teeth. They may remain partly under the gums and can create spaces where food can become trapped in the mouth. As a result of this, they can become decayed. They may foster gum disease, and can develop serious infections.
These hygiene-related complications don’t just affect the wisdom teeth. They can spread to other teeth. You might lose not just them, but other teeth as well.
Teeth that aren’t able to emerge can degenerate into cysts in the body and tumors, which are usually noncancerous.
Why Wisdom Teeth Should Be Extracted
Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth extracted. Whether a wisdom tooth should be extracted depends on what complications might develop. As they begin to form, we can look at the space available for them to grow and emerge from the jaw. If there’s enough room for them to emerge without complication, they should be allowed to do so.
But if the jaw is too crowded and one or more wisdom teeth could cause complications, it’s best to remove them.
Why Sooner Is Better for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is, like many dental problems, best addressed as a preventive treatment. We can predict which teeth are going to cause problems, and it’s best to get them before the problems start. If you get wisdom teeth extracted early, you will enjoy:
- Avoidance of wisdom teeth complications
- Convenient scheduling of procedure
- Less discomfort with your procedure
- Lower risk of extraction complications
If you get your wisdom teeth extracted before problems start, you can avoid the complications altogether. That’s good, because those complications can be unpleasant, painful, and even potentially deadly.
If complications do develop, you won’t have the option of choosing when your procedure has to be done. It will have to be performed as soon as possible to avoid further health problems.
When they first develop, they’re relatively easy to remove. They’re not fully anchored, so they can be extracted with less discomfort. Once the tooth is fully developed, it can be harder to remove, which will lead to more discomfort during extraction.
And once they are fully developed, they can become engaged with other structures in the jaw, such as nerves. When this happens, there’s a risk that removing them can damage the nerve, leading to numbness and pain. Removing wisdom teeth early reduces these risks.
So if you know you need your wisdom teeth removed or suspect you might, it’s best to talk to a dentist today. In the Houston area, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry in The Woodlands.