5 Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Monday, June 24th, 2013, 8:23 pm

Wisdom teeth extraction facts from Wilbanks Smile CenterWe’ve all heard about wisdom teeth, and many of us have probably had them removed.  For some, however, the question still lingers — what exactly are wisdom teeth, and why do they need to be removed?  Simply, wisdom teeth are our third set of hindmost molars, and they typically begin to grow in between the ages of 17 and 25.  In some situations, they can simply be left alone; however, this is not always the case.   For many, wisdom teeth present problems with that require the surgical removal of 1 or more of them. These cases are significantly more common, with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) estimating that nearly 85% of all wisdom teeth will require extraction.  So what are some of the factors that necessitate the removal of wisdom teeth?  Keep reading to find out.

5 Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

  1. Small jaw. If your jaw is not large enough, wisdom teeth can become impacted, leaving them unable to break through your gums.
  2. Gums. Wisdom teeth may partially break through your gums, creating a small flap out of gum tissue where food and germs can get stuck.  This can cause your gums to become infected, leaving them red, swollen, and painful.
  3. Impacted teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of different problems, like cysts, infection, and damage to other teeth or bones. Not all impacted teeth require extraction, however, and removal is typically dependent on the severity of the case.
  4. Angle. In some cases, wisdom teeth grow in at an angle, with the tops facing forward, backward, or to the side.
  5. Side effects. If wisdom teeth grow in incorrectly, break through the gum, or remain impacted, there can be a number of uncomfortable or painful side effects. Some of these include swelling around the jaw, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, headache, jaw ache, difficulty opening your mouth, or swollen lymph nodes in the neck. In some cases, even the jawbone or other teeth may be affected.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Toccoa

To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction, contact us today and schedule your consultation.  Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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