Should you have your wisdom teeth removed

Our mouths were made to fit 28 teeth, not 32! So when 4 extra teeth try to fit in your mouth it can make it uncomfortable and painful.

Wisdom teeth also known as 3rd molars can grow at different angles in the jaw, even horizontally. In some cases wisdom teeth only erupt partially through the gums, while other times they remain completely hidden. Wisdom teeth that are not able to come through normally will become impacted and trapped in your jaw.

We have many patients ask if there are any cases where the wisdom teeth do not need to be removed; yes that is a possibility if your wisdom teeth are healthy, grown in completely (fully erupted), they are positioned correctly and biting properly with the opposite teeth, and you are able to clean them as part of your daily oral hygiene practices.

If your wisdom teeth come through only partially in the gums a passageway is created that can cause problems. It’s a spot in your mouth that is hard to clean because you can’t see it. This allows the area to be a magnet for bacteria which can cause gum disease and oral infection.

Your dentist may have recommended that you remove the wisdom teeth, because they have not developed properly in your mouth or perhaps they have grown to close to the nerve of the lower jaw. Dentists often recommend having your wisdom teeth removed when someone is younger and more likely to recover faster from the surgery. Young adults have the surgery sooner rather than later so that the teeth do not cause problems or become more firmly rooted in the jaw.

According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as:

  • Pain
  • Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
  • Tumors
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Extensive tooth decay

The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always clear. Give us a call about the position and health of your wisdom teeth and what’s best for your situation. Dr. Charles’ is the best in South Florida and his removal is quick, painless and a fast recovery.

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