Retaining your wisdom teeth could lead to the development of serious oral health concerns. Not only does keeping wisdom teeth lead to problems like orthodontic issues and painful infections, it can drastically affect your quality of life. Wisdom teeth are associated with frequent discomfort like orofacial pain and headaches.
Having your wisdom teeth removed is a worthwhile investment in your oral health and wellbeing. Following are a few ways that having your wisdom teeth extracted is beneficial to your oral health.
Preserving the Effects of Orthodontic Treatment
If you wore braces, keeping your wisdom teeth could threaten the investment you made in your oral health. Wisdom teeth emerge during adulthood, long after the rest of our adult teeth have been established.
The emergence of wisdom teeth cause crowding and the forces associated with their arrival could lead to teeth shifting out of alignment. Many patients end up needing a second round of orthodontic treatment if they do not have their wisdom teeth extracted as early as possible. Removing wisdom teeth as soon as they erupt will help keep your teeth straight.
Reducing the Risk for Cavities and Periodontal Disease
Since wisdom teeth crowd the mouth, their arrival increases the risks for developing dental caries and periodontal disease. This is because food and debris become trapped between improperly spaced teeth. Moreover, removing debris and food is more difficult when teeth are crowded.
A mouth that is difficult to clean with plenty of places for debris to collect could lead to the development of infected gums, cavities, and painful infections called abscesses. Preventing these conditions by having your wisdom teeth extracted could save you time and money spent on corrective treatments in the future.
Decreasing Risks for TMJ Issues and Orofacial Pain
Wisdom teeth have a reputation for contributing to orofacial pain, headaches, and TMJ disorder. This is due to the crowding they cause when they emerge. The pain associated with crowded teeth and malocclusions could occur on a daily basis, interrupting your life and affecting your ability to speak and eat.
Our oral surgeons utilize the latest technology and treatment techniques to extract teeth as gently as possible. Call us today to reserve a consultation with our caring team.