Why You Should Extract Your Wisdom Teeth

March 1, 2017

The first permanent teeth that a person has can come in around the age of six and by the time someone becomes a pre-teen, they almost have their entire set of permanent teeth. Around the ages of 16 to 25, the third molars will begin to appear. These molars, also known as wisdom teeth, often create problems for one’s mouth.

With a mouthful of teeth already, the arrival of four more teeth can create spacing problems. Oftentimes, the wisdom teeth will come in impacted, which mean they are growing in sideways because of the lack of space. In this case, the teeth need to be removed so as not to create any further problems in the mouth.

What happens if you don’t remove your wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to other problems too, including bacteria build up. This build up can then lead to gum and bone damage and to the formation of cysts. If these problems are allowed to progress, removing the wisdom teeth can become much more difficult. This is why many dentists recommend early extraction.

Another reason that wisdom teeth should be removed is because, many times, the molars only partially emerge. What happens is a portion of the tooth stays below the gums. The gums then form a flap over the tooth. Food becomes trapped between the tooth and the gum and can become infected or inflamed. The easy solution to the problem is to remove the wisdom teeth.

Removal of wisdom teeth is a common procedure

Having wisdom teeth removed is not a difficult procedure. In fact, it is very commonplace. While everyone is different, most will have no complications as a result of the surgical procedure to extract the wisdom teeth. In most cases, sedatives are used to complete the procedure so that the patient is not awake during the operation.

The recovery will vary by person, but as a general rule, the easier the extraction was, the speedier the recovery will be. It will probably be necessary to use ice to help reduce swelling and some pain medication will be prescribed by your dentist. While having a wisdom teeth extraction isn’t all that pleasant, the earlier a procedure is done, the better.