Impacted wisdom teeth can undo the results of years spent in braces as they continue to try to erupt into a jaw that doesn’t have enough room for them. The other teeth can shift to relieve some of this pressure. Preserving an investment in orthodontic treatment and maintaining a straight smile is one of many reasons that patients may consider having their wisdom teeth extracted.
The wisdom teeth are the most likely to become impacted because they are so large. While our ancient ancestors needed these large molars to process rough diets, they are not as instrumental for modern-day humans. Therefore, a patient can undergo wisdom teeth removal without any major ramifications from the absent teeth.
Because impacted wisdom teeth often are surrounded by bone, oral surgery is necessary to remove the bone and, subsequently, the teeth. An impacted tooth cannot be removed via simple extraction.
While you are wearing braces, you can get guidance from your orthodontist on the recommended timing of wisdom teeth removal. At the appropriate time, you can consult with an oral surgeon to begin planning for that procedure.
Most dental professionals recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth removed before age 25. The roots of the wisdom teeth are not as long in younger patients and can be more readily dislodged from the jaw. Younger patients also tend to recuperate more quickly after wisdom teeth removal.
The oral surgery involved in wisdom teeth removal is a routine procedure performed on an outpatient basis. Patients typically choose some form of sedation for increased comfort. Most patients are able to resume most of their normal activities within a few days, and your surgeon will give you specific post-operative instructions to reduce your risk of complications from the procedure.
Do you want to keep your straight smile looking its best? Still have your wisdom teeth? They could present an obstacle to that goal. Schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons at Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to explore wisdom teeth removal.