Do all patients need to have their wisdom teeth extracted?
Wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth among adults. This is because the emergence of these teeth can lead to the development of oral disease and problems including tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses, TMJ disorder, and misaligned teeth. For the most part, dental professionals recommend the removal of wisdom teeth for almost all patients as a preventive measure since the retention of these teeth is not recommended.
Why are wisdom teeth problematic?
A set of third molars, wisdom teeth emerge through the gums many years after the rest of adult teeth. The rest of adult teeth come through the gums during adolescence whereas third molars begin to emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Since these teeth come in during adulthood, adult teeth are well established in the jaw and therefore do not provide enough room for the healthy eruption of new teeth.
Lacking room, wisdom teeth can crowd existing teeth – causing orthodontic issues as well as make teeth difficult to clean with brushing and flossing. Difficulty cleaning teeth paired with crowding greatly increases one’s risk for oral disease, especially infections and decay. Crowding also means that the occlusion can be affected. When the upper and lower sets of teeth do not line up properly, it can negatively affect the TMJs, cause tooth wear, and lead to orofacial pain.
Why choose an oral surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist who is trained and educated to perform a variety of treatments that increase oral function, improve the health of the oral cavity, and in some cases, improve one’s appearance with reconstructive and corrective procedures. Choosing an OMS means that patients will receive very precise and specialized treatment from a surgeon with immeasurable experience and knowledge. When it comes to tooth extractions, an OMS can remove problematic teeth with minimal to no trauma to neighboring tissue.
If your dentist has referred you to our practice, contact our office today to reserve a consultation. At your appointment, we will evaluate the placement of wisdom teeth and develop a course of action that best suits your needs.