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When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?

computerized image of an impacted wisdom tooth

In our 20’s there’s last passage of our childhood that may have to be faced as pertains to our dental health, the arrival of our wisdom teeth.  These teeth are the last part of our oral development and only occur in approximately 50% of all people, but for those who do receive them surgery is typically the only way to handle the resulting impaction.  In a rare percentage of people there’s sufficient room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth to arrive, for the rest of them its time to have them removed. This simple guide will help you know when its time to have your wisdom teeth extracted.


Do My Wisdom Teeth Have To Be Removed?

The highly probably answer to this question is yes.  Wisdom teeth almost always have to be removed as there simply isn’t room in the average patients mouth to retain them.  Wisdom teeth are the remnants of a distant time when our ancestors had to subsist on food that was tougher and woodier than the food we consume now, including uncooked grains.  Now these vestiges of our ancestry are responsible for an uncomfortable period of our lives that requires they be removed. 


Failure to remove wisdom teeth can result in impaction, which can lead to even more serious oral health concerns.  These concerns can include misalignment of your teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, damage to the jaw or soft tissues of the mouth, and problems with your temporomandibular joint.  


What Sort Of Issues Can Result From Wisdom Teeth?

In addition to the concerns already mentioned you may also have to contend with the occurrence of cysts, tumors, infections, and serious damage to the jawbone and teeth.  In some cases a wisdom tooth will only partially erupt, leading to a vulnerability in your gums where infection can get in and lead to concerns like abscesses. These are just some of the concerns you may find yourself facing if your impaction from wisdom teeth goes untreated.


What Symptoms Tell Me I Have Issues With My Wisdom Teeth?

If you’re experiencing any kind of discomfort or pain in your mouth, especially in your teeth or jaws, its time to contact your physician or dentist.  It is possible for wisdom teeth concerns to appear without any immediate or significant pain, so paying attention for the symptoms is important. If you feel any sort of strangeness in your jaw or teeth, if you notice teeth that seem to be shifting out of position, or a puffiness or swelling of the jaw or gums, take a trip to your dentist just to be sure.


Dr. Shikha Batra works with patients in the Troy, MI area to ensure that their community is served with the best dental care available.  At the Troy Dental Studio you can receive exceptional dental care from a staff of trained professionals who will help you take steps to achieve improved oral health.  Don’t let your wisdom teeth be a problem that lasts you a lifetime, call for an appointment today!


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