Keeping your wisdom teeth could be dangerous to your oral health. This is why most oral healthcare providers recommend their removal. Not only does wisdom teeth extraction improve your quality of life and comfort, it can reduce the risk for a number of oral health conditions.
Following are ways that wisdom teeth removal can improve your oral health.
Reduce the Risks for Oral Health Conditions
Wisdom teeth increase the risks of developing tooth decay, abscesses, and gum disease. These conditions can lead to chronic infections, difficulty chewing food, and even tooth loss. Gum disease, for example, can wreak havoc on your health if left untreated.
The reason wisdom teeth threaten your oral health is because they rarely erupt properly and they crowd existing teeth. Since wisdom teeth are not necessary, it’s best to err on the side of caution and have them removed.
Protect the Placement of Your Teeth
When wisdom teeth emerge, they cause crowding. Crowded teeth can quickly move out of position. It’s not uncommon for patients with wisdom teeth to see their existing teeth become crooked and overlapped. This is especially concerning for people who have invested significant time and money in orthodontic treatment.
The placement of your teeth is more than an aesthetic concern. Crowded and overlapped teeth are hard to keep clean, which increases the risks for oral health problems.
Improve Oral Hygiene
In order to clean your gums and teeth effectively, your teeth need to be spaced properly. If you retain your wisdom teeth, the crowding they cause can make your attempts at oral hygiene more challenging. Furthermore, the location of wisdom teeth and the fact that they often don’t erupt through the gums fully makes them difficult to clean.
Inadequate oral hygiene contributes to many oral health concerns – especially gum disease and tooth decay. Removing wisdom teeth will make it possible to perform proper oral hygiene for optimal oral health.
If your dentist has recommended that you have your wisdom teeth extracted, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to reserve an appointment with our team.