Getting your wisdom teeth removed can be scary. Especially if you have a fear of dental or surgical procedures… However, not having them taken out can lead to some scary side effects and complications.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are normally the four last teeth to grow. There’s two on the top of your mouth and two on the bottom. However, many people don’t have enough room in their mouth to accommodate these extra molars and when this blockage happens, they are referred to as impacted. If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth checked recently, then it’s recommended that you do. Forgoing this procedure can lead to some of the following complications that can affect your daily life and oral health in some major ways.

 

Tooth damage

When your wisdom teeth are not able to come out and become impacted they can cause negative consequences for the other teeth. There are different types of impacted wisdom teeth, some occur when the wisdom tooth is horizontal under the gums and begins pushing on the surrounding molars. This type of impacted wisdom tooth will eventually cause the other teeth to shift out of place and could potentially alter your entire smile!

Infection

For a lot of people, their wisdom teeth will come through only partially creating a potential breeding ground for bacteria. This happens because the wisdom tooth does not have enough room to fully break through the gums, leaving it only partially exposed. This partial exposure leads to skin folds around the molar that can make proper cleaning difficult. Even with proper brushing, the risk for infection goes up dramatically when you have an impacted wisdom tooth. This is because it is very easy for food and bacteria to become stuck around the wisdom tooth. Removing the wisdom tooth will help alleviate this risk by closing the gum area where the tooth was coming out.

Decay

Even if you aren’t experiencing painful complications from your wisdom teeth, there are still risks. Since your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your mouth, they are especially hard to clean and keep clean. Not being able to keep wisdom teeth properly cleaned can cause them to decay. This is why it’s important to consider removing your wisdom teeth even if you are not experiencing painful symptoms.

Pain

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause significant pain, especially if you have multiple teeth that are impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain and swelling in the jaw, bleeding gums and make opening your mouth difficult. If you are experiencing this type of pain then it is important that you seriously look into wisdom tooth removal at The Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Having to come to grips with removing your wisdom teeth can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! The experts at The Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will be able to assess what type of impact you have and properly address it. You want to have your wisdom teeth taken out before you start experiencing the complications above and they will be able to spot potential complications before they occur. Knowing the status of your wisdom teeth is an important part of maintaining your oral health. If you are currently experiencing any of the complications above, stop by their offices immediately to have your wisdom teeth examined.

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