Wisdom teeth, everyone has them, but no one needs them! These teeth are the upper and lower third molars and are located at the very back of your mouth. Some people have their wisdom teeth for their entire lives, others choose to have them removed. You may know people who have had their wisdom teeth removed for various reasons. If you haven’t had yours removed yet, there are many things for you to consider.


Pain and Infection

One reason for wisdom teeth removal is that they can cause pain and infection. Wisdom teeth can cause pain or swelling when they break through the gums. If they are unable to breakthrough the gums, this can also cause pain and swelling in the jawbone. Wisdom teeth are often more prone to infection and decay because of their unique shape and angle. It doesn’t help that they are also the farthest teeth at the back in your mouth! Since they are harder to clean, it can also lead to cavities and gum disease.


Teeth Crowding

The most common reason for wisdom teeth removal is teeth crowding. Most people’s mouths are too small to accommodate any additional teeth. Since there is not enough space for these teeth, when they begin to break through, they often push against other teeth and can cause over-crowding, swelling, and intense pain.


Risks of Not Having Wisdom Teeth Removed

Some oral surgeons recommended having your wisdom teeth removed even before any of the problems occur. It can save you a lot of money and toothaches to have them removed before they start you causing trouble. By not having your wisdom teeth removed, you run the risk of painful infections, damage to your other teeth and surrounding bones, and the potential of developing cavities and gum disease.


Wisdom Teeth Removal

At The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Carolina we want to help you decide if it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed. We want to help you avoid all of the painful risks and potential affects of wisdom teeth that aren’t removed soon enough. If you have further questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our Rock Hill, Fort Mill, or Lancaster SC office today.