Contrary to what many believe, it is possible to go through life without having to have one’s wisdom teeth removed. However, if these molars that erupt in the back of the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 24, cause pain or oral health problems, then a person may have to undergo wisdom tooth removal.
Wisdom teeth can be the cause of severe problems in the mouth. For example, some people’s wisdom teeth grow horizontally, boring holes into the adjacent molars and causing agonizing pain. They can also cause overcrowding, bite problems, and cosmetic issues.
Whatever the reasons patients require wisdom tooth removal at our Palm Harbor, Spring Hill, or Trinity locations, Drs. Michael A. Pikos, G. Thomas Peak III, and José F. Lázaro can relieve their pain and restore their oral health through surgical extraction. If you are experiencing pain due to your wisdom teeth, we urge you to contact us to schedule your initial consultation with one of our esteemed doctors today.
What Are the Most Common Reasons Patients Have Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Here are five of the most common reasons patients have their wisdom teeth removed:
- They are growing at an incorrect angle: When wisdom teeth grow at an improper angle, they can place pressure on the other teeth, impairing the overall alignment or the integrity of the bite. They could even erode the enamel or create cavities in neighboring teeth, leading to extreme pain.
- They increase the risk of gum disease: In most mouths, there isn’t sufficient room for these extra molars to erupt. When they emerge, it becomes more difficult to keep the gums around the wisdom teeth clean and free from bacteria and other debris. As a result, the back of the mouth becomes a more hospitable environment for gum disease. Periodontitis, the more severe type of gum disease, is associated with tooth loss and gum and jawbone deterioration.
- They are impacted: In many cases, wisdom teeth don’t have space to erupt all the way, and in some cases they can’t erupt past the gum line at all. Instead, they become trapped in the bone beneath the gums or shoot up only partway through the gums, which can be painful and lead to inflammation and infection.
- They have developed cysts: Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can be excruciatingly painful. The cysts will need to be professionally drained. If left untreated, they can damage the gums, jaw, and oral nerves.
- They can undo the results of orthodontics: For patients who underwent orthodontic treatment, their results can be partly or entirely undone by their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can cause the teeth to become crooked or otherwise misaligned, possibly even worse than they were before orthodontic treatment.
Learn More about Wisdom Tooth Removal
If you would like to learn more about wisdom tooth removal, or you would like to schedule your initial consultation with one of our esteemed oral and maxillofacial surgeons, please contact us today.