The Wisdom Behind Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Just because someone is not experiencing wisdom teeth pain that does not mean that they are not affecting one’s health. Even wisdom teeth that are symptom-free pose an increased risk for chronic oral infections, periodontitis and tooth decay, according to results of a seven-year clinical trial conducted by researchers for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Wisdom teeth need to be extracted when they are unable to properly enter the mouth. They may grow sideways, emerge only partially or even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. These “impacted” teeth can cause many health problems, even tumors or cysts around the roots that can destroy the jawbone and nearby healthy teeth. Partially erupted teeth may allow bacteria to grow, potentially leading to gum disease (gingivitis) that causes swelling, stiffness, pain and illness.
While not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, all of them need to be managed. We can provide patients the best advice based on a thorough examination.