Most people have heard of or know someone who has had their wisdom teeth removed. There is a reason removal is so common. Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of oral issues when they come in. It is for that reason there are many benefits of removing these teeth.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
You may be familiar with the name, but are unclear what they really are. Wisdom teeth are a type of molar. They are sometimes called the third molars. It is possible to have your wisdom teeth come in and have no issues. The biggest problem with these teeth happens when they are impacted. Impacted molars are those that are partially covered with gums or bone.
Why are Impacted Molars Harmful?
When wisdom teeth are impacted, the best solution tends to be removal. Although there may not always be pain associated with the issue, there can still be adverse effects. Ultimately, you can be at risk for periodontal disease if you do not address impacted teeth.
Signs that you may have impacted molars are:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw swelling
- Inflamed gums
- Irritated gums
- Bone loss
- Foul breath
- Loss of gums
- Surrounding damage
If you have any of the above issues and are concerned impacted teeth may be the cause, it is important you speak to a dental professional.
The Benefits of Removal
1) Prevent Infection and Inflammation
The limited space and impaction of your wisdom teeth can lead to inflammation and gum disease. Inflammation is hard to treat and can spread to other areas of the gums. Impacted teeth also allow for a space between the tooth and gums where bacteria can breed. The presence of bacteria leaves you susceptible to infection.
These teeth can often cause overcrowding of your teeth.
3) Cysts And Tumors
It is possible to get small cysts or tumors in areas of your jawbone where your teeth are impacted.
One of the most immediate and noticeable signs of impacted molars is the effect they have on your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing around your wisdom teeth can be difficult. They are hard to reach. With crowding, the situation is exasperated. Plaque build-up and cavities are common concerns.
Oral care is something many of us put off. However, your overall health can be affected by issues with your teeth, so it is best to address them. For more information about the benefits of wisdom teeth removal, talk to the experts at Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL. We look forward to answering any questions that you might have! Contact us today to book your appointment.