Removing your wisdom teeth is a common procedure nowadays for many dental patients—it’s even seen as a rite of passage for young adults, since late teens to early 20’s is a typical time for getting your wisdom teeth taken out.
But many people dread the idea of having their wisdom teeth removed. A lot of patients at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford express concern about the impacts of wisdom-teeth procedures.
Tooth extraction isn’t exactly a walk in the park, and for some people, even if the painful elements of the procedure itself can be offset with dental sedation, side-effects of recovering from wisdom-teeth removal can last for up to a whole week.
Many other Abbotsford dental patients wonder if extracting their wisdom teeth is even necessary. Some people think that if their wisdom teeth aren’t bothering them or causing any pain, then it’s not worth the risk to remove them.
It is true that an estimated 60% of all wisdom-teeth extractions aren’t needed, strictly speaking. However, there are still a lot of good reasons to consider removing your wisdom teeth, many of which are preventative measures for good oral health later in life that aren’t even included in the above statistic about “necessary” wisdom-tooth removals.
Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford?
As mentioned, there are a number of reasons to consider removing your wisdom teeth. Here are the three main reasons to get your wisdom teeth removed:
1. Damage to other teeth
Wisdom teeth are the molars that grow in the very back of your mouth, but they don’t erupt (i.e., break through the gum line) until young adulthood. Because they appear later in life than all of your other teeth, they sometimes cause problems, such as damage to other teeth.
Your mouth is bigger as an adult than as a child, with other teeth already fully grown in. This means that there might not be room for your wisdom teeth to extract properly. Often they come in diagonally, pushing up against other teeth, causing pain and bite problems.
And when wisdom teeth are pushing up or growing against other teeth, this usually means they only partially emerge, resulting in passageways around your gums that could lead to infections.
2. Gum infections and gum disease
Often when wisdom teeth erupt, they can swell the surrounding tissue area in your gums. When this happens, you open yourself up to an increased risk of gum disease and a host of other infection problems. Even if you don’t feel pain right away or it’s hard to see any swelling, the aggravation to your gum line can still be conducive to bacteria building up slowly.
Swollen gums also create little pockets of space around your teeth for bacteria to form. It is more difficult to clean these areas than in other parts of your mouth, and this bacteria causes cavities and tooth decay in many circumstances.
3. Preventative oral hygiene
Lastly, one of the main reasons dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth has to do with keeping your teeth and gums healthy for the future.
Even if your wisdom teeth don’t erupt at an awkward angle to damage other teeth nor cause any significant swelling to infect gums, they still create four more spots in your mouth between teeth and around your gum line for bacteria to develop, increasing risk for problems in later years.
And since it’s also more difficult to extract teeth as you age because tooth enamel hardens over time, it is best practice to save yourself any trouble and prevent the problem from occurring before it even happens.
Deciding to Extract Your Wisdom Teeth – Talk with Your Dentist
You should always consult with your dentist about making a major decision such as removing wisdom teeth. Here at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, we’ll provide personalized and professional feedback about what we think is best for your overall oral hygiene and whether wisdom-teeth extraction is right for you.
Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn about your options for wisdom-teeth removal at your Abbotsford dentist.