Wisdom teeth aren’t necessary for optimal oral function. In fact, the emergence and retention of wisdom teeth can lead to orofacial discomfort and increased risks for conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
Keeping your wisdom teeth can be problematic. This is why oral health professionals recommend their surgical removal. Following are benefits to having your wisdom teeth extracted by an oral surgeon.
Reduced Risk for Oral Disease
The retention of wisdom teeth contributes to disease. These third molars rarely emerge in healthy positions. Instead, they are partially erupted or stuck in the gums and jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth are very susceptible to developing decay and abscesses.
Wisdom teeth also contribute to increased risks for decay among neighboring teeth as well as periodontal disease. This is because emerging wisdom teeth cause crowding. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean. Inadequate oral hygiene is a major contributor to the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
Improved Quality of Life
Wisdom teeth contribute to headaches and facial pain. They can become easily infected, contribute to unwanted tooth movement, and strain the TMJ. Many people who retain their wisdom teeth suffer with uncomfortable oral function and frequent headaches. Having your wisdom teeth removed can mitigate these symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Preserve Orthodontic Treatment
If you wore braces in your youth, the arrival of wisdom teeth could reverse the results of orthodontic treatment. Teeth tend to shift out of place when wisdom teeth emerge. On top of dealing with unwanted tooth movement, improperly spaced teeth increase your risks for tooth decay, periodontal disease, and untimely tooth wear.
It is best to have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as they begin to emerge. This will help preserve the appearance of your smile and reduce the risks for oral health complications associated with retaining wisdom teeth.
Our oral surgeons provide wisdom teeth extraction to improve your oral health and quality of life. We take great care to ensure patient comfort so that our guests can resume normal activities as soon as possible.
Call Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associate today to set up an appointment.