Unlike other permanent teeth, wisdom teeth emerge in early adulthood. Most patients’ wisdom teeth begin to erupt the gums between the ages of 17 and 25. Because these teeth erupt much later than other teeth, they present a number of issues including discomfort, orthodontic problems, and an increased risk for tooth decay, abscesses, and periodontal disease. Wisdom teeth removal is an important service provided by our oral surgeon that helps improve a patient’s oral health and quality of life.
The Need for Wisdom Teeth Removal
The most common reason for removing wisdom teeth is that these teeth tend to come in sideways when they erupt the gums. Sometimes, wisdom teeth become impacted into the gums or crowd existing teeth. It is not uncommon for teeth to become crooked and overlapped when wisdom teeth erupt, too. This can reverse previous orthodontic treatment and make proper oral hygiene difficult. Many patients experience facial pain and recurring headaches as well when wisdom teeth come in.
Because these teeth erupt much later than other teeth, they present a number of issues including discomfort, orthodontic problems, and an increased risk for tooth decay, abscesses, and periodontal disease.
Oral Hygiene Problems Associated with Wisdom Teeth
Since wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth and often partially erupt or come in crooked, cleaning them is difficult. Because of their location, these teeth are susceptible to decay and the gums are susceptible to periodontal disease. If wisdom teeth create crowding among other teeth, thoroughly cleaning in between teeth is also more difficult. Inadequate oral hygiene leads to tartar accumulation, which is a major factor in the development of gum disease. When left untreated, periodontal disease causes a systemic oral infection and ultimately leads to tooth loss.
Extracting wisdom teeth is a common minor oral surgery that can prevent the onset of many oral health conditions including periodontal disease. When removing wisdom teeth, our oral surgeon takes great care to ensure that patients are comfortable and relaxed. Our team will provide sedative and anesthetic medicine and patients will receive information regarding post-operative care after their procedure to promote a speedy recovery.
To schedule an appointment with our experienced and gentle team, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today.