Maintaining good oral health is an important part of living a healthy life, and that is true for anyone. This means that you should have a thorough and comprehensive oral care system in place to ensure that you take good care of your teeth every day. Also, you must make sure that you visit us regularly for cleanings and to monitor any signs of impending problems. One of the most common issues that patients experience, for example, is trouble related to wisdom teeth. At NuSet Dental Implants and Oral Surgery, we understand how difficult wisdom teeth pain can be. That’s why we are here to help.
When it comes to common dental issues, few things are as infamous and well known as wisdom teeth. Almost everyone, regardless of their walk of life, has experienced issues related to their wisdom teeth at some point. Wisdom teeth are the final molars that are supposed to erupt in the very back of your mouth as the last teeth in your jaw. Historians and scholars believe that in the past, these final molars were used by our ancestors to help provide more grinding power for a diet that included rough, coarse food like the following:
The above food, and others like it, require more power to eat than the majority of the food that we eat today. Also, these food items played a much bigger part in our ancestor’s diets than they do in ours today. To help cope with the need for increased power compared to the kinds of stress that our teeth tend to see today, wisdom teeth were necessary for our ancestors to eat well.
Today, many of us will need to have our wisdom teeth removed. Because they erupt so late in life – during the late teens or the early twenties – there is often not enough room left in the jaw for the teeth to be properly placed. As a result, they can overcrowd mouths or even come in in the wrong positions. This was not a problem for our ancestors as their jaws were larger and more suited to the eruption of the third pair of molars. As time has passed, however, evolution has seen our jaws become smaller and smaller. This, paired with the reduced need for additional teeth, has seen wisdom teeth become something considered vestigial organs, otherwise known as body parts that were useful in the past but are no longer useful for our current lifestyles.
When wisdom teeth do not erupt properly, they become impacted. This can create a considerable amount of pain for patients and necessitates that they are removed to help protect the rest of the patient’s teeth and provide relief from the pain. It should be noted, however, that sometimes wisdom teeth erupt properly and fit in a patient’s jaw. When that is the case, they do not need to be removed.
Advantages of Removing Wisdom Teeth Early
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to ensuring that your life is as healthy as possible is to take good care of your mouth, teeth, and jaw. To do this, it is sometimes necessary to take preventive action to keep potential problems from escalating into serious issues that could cause permanent damage to your oral health. One of the major issues that many individuals encounter is their wisdom teeth. For a variety of reasons, wisdom teeth tend to cause many issues for patients. Since they are not necessary and provide no real benefit to today’s patients, it is often recommended to remove them as soon as possible.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth create some common issues that affect the majority of our patients. In fact, the number of people who have to have their wisdom teeth removed eventually in the United States far outweighs those who keep them. This is because even when wisdom teeth grow in properly, and patients do not experience problems at first, many of them will experience significant issues with them, usually within around seven years after they erupt. Add this to the fact that wisdom teeth removal tends to become riskier the older you are, and you can see why so many dentists and oral surgeons recommend removing your wisdom teeth early.
Benefits of Early Removal
The primary benefit of removing your wisdom teeth early is that you no longer have to play a waiting game to see when the issues will begin to arise. You will be able to rest comfortably knowing that there is no risk of your wisdom teeth creating issues during a particularly hectic time in your life, for example, which could necessitate you needing to take time off of work or school to have them removed. In essence, removing them early allows you to have wisdom teeth removed at your convenience. While the aftercare is never fun, it is significantly more comfortable to have your teeth removed when you can plan to take time off and to rest than it is to need them out urgently and have no time off whatsoever.
If impacted wisdom teeth are left in for too long, they can begin to rot and decay. This is especially true if they are trapped under the surface of your gums. Should that begin to happen, your general risk of oral infection significantly rises. Even more than that, wisdom teeth that are impacted and decaying cause a significant amount of pain to patients, which can interrupt their lives and leave them feeling awful. Removing them as soon as is feasible, on the other hand, ensures that you will not experience any of those negative situations.
What Can Happen When Wisdom Teeth Aren’t Removed
When it comes to maintaining your oral health, one of the most common issues that you are likely to encounter is that of your wisdom teeth. Many individuals are stuck making the decision about whether or not to remove their wisdom teeth, or whether it would be better to leave them in place. For the majority of patients, the answer is that it is better to have them removed – and that is often true even if they are not currently causing you pain. You have to remember that keeping your wisdom teeth can pose significant long-term risks to your oral health, and that is better to have them removed when at all possible.
One of the most common issues that patients who retain their wisdom teeth complain of is the pain. This pain can come about as the result of a variety of factors. Sometimes your jaw is too small to successfully contain a final set of molars, for example, resulting in overcrowding in your mouth even if your wisdom teeth grow in successfully. This overcrowding can put a lot of pressure on your jaw and your existing teeth, and leave you with things like headaches and even stiffness in your jaw and a reduced ability to properly chew. Note that this is the case even when wisdom teeth erupt properly and are well positioned – and the majority of the time, neither of those is true. For many patients, wisdom teeth either have no room to erupt, or are positioned incorrectly. This leads to teeth that grow in sideways, for example, which can cause a great deal of pain. Impacted wisdom teeth can also be miserably painful, and leave you with a decreased desire to do anything other than take a painkiller and sleep the pain away.
Leaving your wisdom teeth in place is a recipe for disaster. In addition to the pain described above, wisdom teeth that are left in place can pose serious risks to your long-term oral health. If left to their own devices, for example, wisdom teeth will likely begin to break down underneath your gums (assuming they are impacted). This can lead to an increased risk of infection and can have negative effects on the overall health of your mouth and jaw. To avoid this kind of situation, it is a good idea to have your wisdom teeth removed as quickly as possible.
Wisdom teeth that erupt can also cause issues with your bite. Because they come in so late in life, their presence can throw off your natural bite and begin to cause issues with your jaw and the rest of your teeth. Even if they grow incorrectly, they can be harmful to your health in the long run.
Why Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed
Making time to maintain excellent oral health – or, at the very least, oral health that promotes healthy and strong teeth for a lifetime – should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. This is especially true when talking about common and known issues. If something is likely to happen, in other words, then you should plan accordingly ahead of time in order to ensure that you are able to maintain your health even after a procedure. Wisdom teeth cause issues for many individuals, and it is not uncommon to need to have them removed. Let’s take a look at why wisdom teeth create so much trouble for so many individuals.
There are a variety of reasons that could necessitate the removal of wisdom teeth. One of the most common is a lack of room in the patient’s mouths for additional teeth. Over time, the human jaw has become smaller in general than it was when wisdom teeth were still necessary additions to our ancestor’s teeth. Because of this, there is often not enough room left in the jaw to allow this final set of molars to become properly situated. As a result, wisdom teeth are often just too big to fall into place. If allowed to erupt anyway, they can overcrowd a patient’s mouth and lead to significant pain as well as increased stress on the rest of their teeth. When this happens, wisdom teeth should be removed to provide the patient with relief from pain.
Another reason why wisdom teeth might need to be removed is their propensity for erupting while not aligned properly. Sometimes these molars come in sideways or at other odd angles, potentially damaging the patient’s existing teeth in the process. They can also cause tissue damage depending upon their orientation and overall position. When we can see that wisdom teeth are misaligned and are not going to erupt correctly, they should be removed as quickly as possible to avoid any potential problems.