Getting your wisdom teeth removed can be a nerve-wracking experience. The recovery process alone, with the swollen cheeks, ice packs, and pain killers, is enough to make you feel that it is unnecessary despite what your dentist may say. However, wisdom teeth removal is often recommended as a means to prevent several painful illnesses. We…
When a Dentist Recommends a Wisdom Tooth Extraction
A dentist may recommend wisdom tooth extraction if the wisdom teeth are causing pain, gum disease, or frequent infections. Wisdom tooth extraction may also be necessary if there are severe cavities on the wisdom teeth as well. Wisdom tooth extraction may also be necessary before orthodontic treatment as well.
When wisdom tooth extraction is necessary
Wisdom tooth extraction involves the removal of third molars in the back of the mouth. It is a safe process that can improve the patient’s long-term health and prevent any discomforting symptoms resulting from improper development of the wisdom teeth. This review discusses when a dentist may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction.
Pain in surrounding teeth or gums
Wisdom tooth extraction may be highly recommended or necessary if they become painful or cause pain in surrounding teeth or the gums. For wisdom teeth that come through properly, there could be some minor discomfort that is normal and should go away on its own. However, pain that persists or becomes intolerable is a sign of a more serious concern.
Gum disease or frequent infections
In some instances when wisdom teeth do not emerge in an ideal manner the risk of gum disease or oral infections is much higher. If symptoms of gum disease (i.e. red, swollen, or bleeding gums) or symptoms of frequent infections (swollen lymph nodes and toothaches) develop, then a dentist may recommend having the wisdom tooth removed.
Deep decay of the wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are vulnerable to tooth decay the same as all other teeth. In fact, they may be more vulnerable to teeth decay as they are the farthest back in the mouth where it is hard to reach while brushing and flossing and they do not always properly emerge through the gums. IF deep decay develops on wisdom teeth, then painful symptoms and infections could occur, in which case the dentist may recommend the removal of one or more of the wisdom teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can fix issues of overcrowded or crooked teeth. However, in order to ensure that teeth have enough space, the wisdom teeth may need to be extracted before orthodontic treatment. This can be recommended even if there are no notable symptoms related to oral health associated with the wisdom teeth.
How to determine if a wisdom tooth extraction is necessary
A consultation visit with a dentist can help patients determine whether or not their wisdom teeth present an oral health or functional risk. During the visit, the dentist may take dental X-rays, conduct an oral examination, and offer professional advice as to the risks of leaving the wisdom teeth vs. the benefits of wisdom tooth extraction.
Schedule a consultation to discuss wisdom tooth extraction
You can schedule a consultation visit with our team by calling us or sending us a message today. During the visit, we can discuss the pros and cons of wisdom tooth extraction for you and help you make the most educated decision as to whether or not you should go through with wisdom tooth extraction.
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