Wisdom teeth are an issue most of us will have to face in our lifetime. An annoying surgery, yes, but what does it really do? What are the risks of not having impacted wisdom teeth extracted? We here at Lane Oral Surgery – in the Plymouth and Sandwich, Massachusetts area – are ready to provide these answers for why impacted wisdom teeth are bad for your oral health!
A Slow And Damaging Process:
Wisdom teeth are the extra molars that develop at the far back of our mouths somewhere between our teenage years and early twenties. Most people have anywhere between one and four of these. It is critically important to get these teeth removed as early as possible. The damage they can cause can lead to the need for tooth extractions, orthodontics, and possibly needing to invest into restorative dentistry, such as dental implants.
This is because, when wisdom teeth grow into your mouth, they normally become impacted. What that means is they are growing into the space that your other teeth are already filling. This is because, as we have evolved, our mouths have shrunk in size – making it hard for the wisdom teeth to develop properly.
There Are Many Symptoms Of Having Impacted Wisdom Teeth. Some Of The Most Common Ones Are:
- Red, tender, and/or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Jaw pain
- Swelling around the jaw
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth that will not go away
These symptoms slowly build up over time and can have devastating impacts on your oral health. One major issue is a misalignment of the teeth. As the impacted tooth attempts to make space for itself, it will push other teeth causing crowding and crooked teeth to appear. Another common issue is gum disease as the damage caused by the impacted tooth can lead to infection. This also makes cysts, or a sac of fluids or blood, form in and around the impacted tooth area. Finally, decay and damage of other teeth caused by the impacting wisdom tooth is common and can lead to the need for tooth extractions.
Do Not Wait For Wisdom Teeth Extraction!
It is important to get ahead of these possible issues and get your wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible. If you are looking for a specialist who has seamlessly performed many wisdom teeth extractions, look no further than Dr. William F. Lane in Plymouth and Sandwich Massachusetts. Always striving to use the best practices, Dr. Lane has continually updated the technology and techniques used to perform a wisdom tooth extraction to perfect his methods and keep them aligned with the strongest modern standards.
If you are in need of a wisdom tooth removal, consider contacting our Plymouth, MA office or our Sandwich, MA location. Removal of wisdom teeth now will save you money and time further down the line! Schedule your next consultation today!