More often than not, wisdom teeth are a problem and need to be removed. These teeth normally come in between the ages of 17 and 21 and because they emerge later on in life when all of the other teeth have already been established, they tend to be problematic and will lead to discomfort and pain.
Keeping your wisdom teeth may be an option for some but complications can occur at any time, which is why it is not recommended nor is it worth the risk. While there are a few things that can go wrong should a person decide to keep their wisdom teeth, the most concerning issue is that these particular teeth will become impacted, preventing them from being able to fully emerge. This is because your gums, back molars or possibly even both will block them, which will result in both swelling and pain. They will also be very difficult to clean, increasing the chances of cavities as well as gum disease.
Wisdom teeth are no longer necessary to help us human’s process tough foods and in addition to this, there are other reasons why it’s better to have them removed before they start to cause problems. The first is that when these teeth first emerge, the roots are not yet established so they are a lot easier to remove. The second reason is that roots will grow close to nerves, which will create a lot more complications if you decide to have them removed later on and finally, the more you wait, the longer the recovery process will be. Waiting it out may result in excessive bleeding, numbness and reduced jaw movement, which may not be the case if you get your wisdom teeth removed sooner.
Ultimately, the decision to have your wisdom teeth removed or not will depend on the symptoms you have, whether or not they are impacted, if there are complications and, of course, your dentist’s opinion. Professional advice is always best in these situations because they will be able to tell you whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed and when. A lot of people do not experience any complications but it’s important to remember that even if your wisdom teeth are initially healthy, it does not mean you’re in the clear because complications may occur in the future. Just because your wisdom teeth are not a problem now, it does not mean they won’t be a problem in the future, which is why it is normally recommended to have them removed.
If you’re unsure of how to proceed regarding your wisdom, the dentists at Alba Dental can help. We are located in London, Ontario, and are ready to assist you when it comes to all of your family’s dental needs. Whether you need a children’s dentistry, an emergency appointment or a dentist you can trust, our clinic does it all, so give us a call today to schedule an appointment!