Wisdom teeth facts: When to remove and when not to remove wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, despite their name, do not make anyone wiser! The term ‘wisdom’ teeth came from the belief that the early 20s was traditionally the age of wisdom.

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars to emerge near the end of adolescence. When they emerge from the gums, they can cause significant pain and crowd the existing teeth. Worse, they can be a source of dental pain, gum bleeding, cyst formation, sinusitis, and even jaw misalignment. Thus, depending on your condition, your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction in Mount Waverley.

So, let us understand when you should and should not get your wisdom teeth extracted.

When Not to Remove Wisdom Teeth

Not everyone requires wisdom teeth removal in Mount Waverley, it depends on the person’s oral condition. Wisdom teeth appear between adolescence and young adulthood; by this time, most of us would have lost our milk teeth, and permanent teeth would have taken their place. It means there is no room for more teeth to grow; thus, the sudden eruption of wisdom teeth becomes a problem.

However, there are some situations in which a dentist would advise against having wisdom teeth extracted, such as:

  • Wisdom teeth being healthy
  • Completely grown in (fully erupted in the gum)
  • Correctly positioned without affecting your bite
  • They are cleanable with a toothbrush and floss.

When do Wisdom Teeth Became a Problem

If the wisdom teeth begin to affect the existing teeth, they must be extracted. When they lack adequate space to grow, they tend to erupt at different angles, even growing horizontally rather than vertically.

Some of the most common issues with wisdom teeth include:

  • They may grow partially through the gums, making them difficult to clean and see. If they are not cleaned properly, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and cause serious oral problems.
  • Wisdom teeth may not erupt and remain trapped within the gum and the jaw. This can result in abscesses and infections, and damage the roots of neighbouring teeth. They can even disintegrate the bone support.
  • The wisdom teeth may fully erupt, but they can cause crowding and damage to the healthy surrounding teeth.

Some dentists may advise you to have wisdom teeth extracted even before they erupt from your gums to avoid future problems. They mostly recommend this option to younger patients because they recover faster and are less prone to oral infections than adults.

Final thoughts

If you are still hesitant to give up your wisdom teeth, dentists at Syndal Dentistry can help you make an informed decision. We can tell you whether or not you need to get your wisdom teeth extracted. Our dentists are certified and will advise you on the best treatment options based on your needs. Even if you require wisdom tooth extraction, we strive to make the procedure as painless as possible. For more information, please call our Mount Waverley practice at (03) 9069 3266.

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