During your lifetime, your body goes through a laundry list of changes, your mouth included. One major change that occurs in most adults between the age of 17-22 is the emergence of your third molars often called wisdom teeth due to their appearance at such a mature age in your life.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Issues
- Cyst Formation: If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it can form a cyst on or around the site of the impacted wisdom tooth which can cause damage to the roots of other teeth and the bone that supports your teeth.
- Risk Of Infection: Wisdom teeth that partially come through your gums can give bacteria a place to rest inside your gums, which can cause infection leading to pain, swelling and even stiffness in your jaw.
- Overcrowding: When wisdom teeth come in, often your mouth is not big enough to accommodate your new teeth, which causes your teeth to move which causes overcrowding, crooked teeth, and headaches.
- Cavities: Wisdom teeth that are not in the correct position or crooked, this can allow food to become trapped inside the new space created. This gives bacteria room to grow ultimately leading to cavities.
- Tooth Damage: When your teeth are overcrowded and being moved by the growth of your wisdom teeth, it can cause your teeth to rub and grind against one another. This could lead to your teeth chipping, cracking or becoming worn down beyond repair.
Getting Them Removed
Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common tooth extraction procedures that happen today. There are several reasons for having your wisdom teeth removed.
- Jaw Pain
- Chronic Headaches
- Cyst Formation
- Neighboring Tooth Damage
- Severe Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
Also, you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed as a recommendation as a part of treatment for braces or other dental procedures.
Before you make any decisions, be sure to visit our office for a complete examination of your mouth including x-rays to determine if you will be needing to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are suffering from impacted wisdom teeth, the pain can be unbearable, let us help you and visit our office in Montclair, CA. To schedule an appointment, call 909-281-3624 or request an appointment online.