The last teeth to erupt in your mouth, wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually make their appearance during your late teens and early twenties. If wisdom teeth erupt properly and grow in straight, they usually don’t need to be removed. Unfortunately, all too often, wisdom teeth can cause a host of oral problems, including pain, infection, tooth decay, misalignment. In fact, the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that up to 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed.
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS CAN WISDOM TEETH CAUSE?
As wisdom teeth struggle to find room to grow in a crowded mouth, these teeth may grow in sideways, partially emerge, or even remain trapped under the gums. When wisdom teeth are partially or completely trapped in the gum, they are called impacted. While wisdom teeth can cause obvious issues such as misaligned and crowded teeth, impacted wisdom teeth may cause many unseen and serious problems, such as jaw and nerve damage. Whether your wisdom teeth have come in or not, they may be causing problems that could include:
Misalignment of jaw and teeth Tooth decay from trapped bacteria and food Infections pain, stiffness, and swelling gum disease Jawbone damage nerve damage cysts and tumors in the jaw
WHY SHOULD WISDOM TEETH BE REMOVED?
Removing wisdom teeth can not only resolve current problems with overcrowding and misalignment but can also help prevent more serious issues such as infection, decay, and jaw and nerve damage.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY AFTER WISDOM TEETH ARE REMOVED?
Your specific recovery will depend on many factors, including your age, overall health, and the difficulty of the extraction. Most patients will experience some swelling and mild discomfort after surgery, and you will be limited to a soft diet until the discomfort passes. We may prescribe antibiotics or pain medications, if necessary. We will discuss all the details about your surgery and recovery with you before your procedure.