It may be tempting to avoid the hassle of having your wisdom teeth removed. But skipping over this procedure could lead to other complications and pain down the road. When it comes to wisdom teeth, it’s better to take preventative action and avoid all of the other potential problems that can come along with keeping these molars in your mouth.
1. Avoid Overcrowding
As wisdom teeth grow in, they take up a lot of space. They will often erupt into an already crowded area and move teeth around. The result can be misaligned teeth. Even if you’ve already gone through the hassle of braces, your once straight smile can be undone over time as wisdom teeth enter the picture. Then you have the problem of needing your wisdom teeth removed and your teeth realigned.
2. Don’t Damage Your Other Teeth
When overcrowding happens, which is common with wisdom teeth, teeth can be damaged. Teeth may not only be moved but also be damaged. This damage could be excess cavities or potential bone damage.
3. Prevent Cysts or Tumors
The pressure that comes with impacted wisdom teeth can lead to potential cysts or tumors in the jawbone. This can lead to joint pain, damaged nerves, and may need to be treated by a TMJ specialist.
4. Inflammation and Infection
Wisdom teeth mean limited space in your mouth, partial impactions, and misalignment. All of this will usually also mean gum inflammation and potential infection. Inflammation and infection can easily spread and become a problem quickly. Especially if you have gaps in your teeth—this can be a breeding ground for bacteria growth.
5. Keep Up Your Dental Hygiene
The limited space the comes with having wisdom teeth in your mouth makes proper dental hygiene difficult. Thorough brushing and flossing get harder and harder as teeth become hard to reach and plaque builds up.
6. It Can Lead To Sinus Issues
Wisdom teeth mean a lot of pressure in your mouth and jaw. This can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion. It’s all connected!
7. Overall Pain
Not everyone with their wisdom teeth with experience pain, but it is a common sign that it’s time to get them taken out. Wisdom teeth can lead to pressure in your mouth, in your jaw, in your sinuses, and give you headaches. If you are feeling pressure in your head, it may be from your wisdom teeth.
Don’t delay having your wisdom teeth removed. Putting it off can make the process much more difficult. If you have questions, as your dentist what they are seeing in your teeth. It may be that you don’t need your wisdom teeth out, but that is very rare. Overall, it’s better to take preventative action and not have to deal with all the pain that can come from wisdom teeth.
Reach out to Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah today to schedule an appointment to remove your wisdom teeth and avoid pain down the road.