WISDOM TEETH, DO I NEED TO REMOVE THEM?

Wisdom teeth can creep up on us and start to show at different ages. Predominantly, many
people notice their wisdom teeth coming through as young adults – anywhere from the late
teen years.
A few people are born without wisdom teeth and may never experience what it is like to
have a wisdom tooth come through. There are also some people whom will have room in
their mouth for wisdom teeth to come through and not cause any issues whatsoever.
However, there a large majority of us whom have issues with their wisdom teeth and seek
them removed. But why is this?
For many of us, we are first alerted to problems when our wisdom teeth cannot come in all
the way. The early signs of this appear in the form of a flap of gum covering the newly
emerging molar. The flap of gum can cause bacteria and food to get trapped; this can then
lead to swelling and an infection known as pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is perhaps one of the
most common causes of pain in wisdom teeth which lead to people wanting to have their
wisdom teeth removed. Although it sounds like such a simple problem, the pain for some
can be too much to handle.
There are also a large majority of people who have problems with their wisdom teeth
being blocked from coming in. Dentists know these as ‘impacted’ teeth – normally a tooth is
tilted under the gum and can be blocked by a bone or another tooth. The problem with this
is that so many people do not feel any pain for years, and they may not realize they have
wisdom teeth hiding away below the surface. It’s normally not until a dentist spots them on
an X-Ray that it is brought to their attention. However, for some, it can cause severe pain.
It may seem that you should only remove wisdom teeth if they are causing pain; and yes,
this makes the most amount of sense of course. However, sometimes preventative action
needs to be taken to stop pain and infections from occurring in the future. Although pain is
perhaps the most common noticeable reaction to wisdom teeth, they can also cause
infections, decay and general crowding and damage to other teeth. You will find that the
teeth that surround wisdom teeth are the most prone to developing gum problems.
One thing to note is this; not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. By visiting a dentist
often is one way to keep an eye on wisdom teeth and to ensure the best course of action is
taken. It is much easier to remove wisdom teeth when you are younger simply because
tooth roots are not so much as developed and the bone density is not as dense as an adult.
Therefore, be sure to visit your dentist and take on board the advice you are given;
sometimes preventative care is much easier than reactive procedures.

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