Our wisdom teeth typically need to be removed to keep the rest of our smile healthy, but that may not be the case for everyone. Our Boynton Beach oral surgery team is here to help you understand why you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed and what the process will be like. Keep reading to learn more about how your wisdom teeth impact your smile.
You may not feel like your wisdom teeth hurt or that they are bothering you at all, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t disrupting your dental health. Wisdom teeth emerge between the ages of 17-25, but we monitor their growth throughout teenage years using x-rays. This helps us to understand when they might be starting to shift your smile and cause alignment issues. Wisdom teeth can also cause jaw damage, gum disease, and even sinus problems. Not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth taken out, but typically they will need to be removed. Wisdom teeth removal is standard practice for our Boynton Beach oral surgery team, so we can talk you through exactly what your process will be like.
Every smile is unique, so no one person’s care will be the same as another’s. There are several reasons why someone may need to have their wisdom teeth removed, including:
Wisdom teeth are impacted
This means that the wisdom teeth are causing crowding in your mouth that may cause your other healthy teeth to push up against each other. This can be uncomfortable and lead to serious bite problems later on. As we age, our bones become harder and it may be more difficult to shift teeth back into place. By removing the wisdom teeth, we are allowing more room for the rest of the smile.
Wisdom teeth can cause congestion and sinus pain, which can be a lifelong debilitating problem. This is caused by the upper wisdom teeth that are close to your sinus cavity. The addition of wisdom teeth in your mouth can cause unnecessary pressure on your sinuses which will lead to headaches, facial pain, and constant congestion.
Inflamed gums or cysts
Our gums can become irritated by wisdom teeth when they are beginning to emerge, and this can become a serious problem. Any gum tissue around the new tooth leaves some space to trap food particles and plaque. This can lead to infection and gum disease because it can be difficult to clean. Cysts may also form around the tooth which can lead to serious bone and root damage. Wisdom teeth are typically removed to eliminate the risk of unnecessary infection and prevent the need for further surgery in the future.
To learn more about why you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call our Boynton Beach oral surgery team. You can reach us at (561) 737-1223 or by filling out an appointment request form directly on our site. Minimize your oral health risks by understanding your unique smile. Call our office today to schedule your wisdom tooth consultation.