Wisdom teeth are a natural part of life. Many people experience absolutely no problems with their wisdom teeth, and they erupt into place perfectly as they ought to. Others may unfortunately have limited space in their mouth, causing crowded or impacted teeth due to the amount of room for the wisdom tooth to erupt into. In addition to pain and discomfort, here are 4 reasons why wisdom teeth removal may be necessary:
When only a small portion of the tooth has erupted through the gums, it allows food and bacteria to enter into the area around the tooth. Normal oral hygiene cannot remove this debris and it will work its way further under the gums, causing other complications.
Damage to adjacent teeth
If a wisdom tooth comes in at an angle toward the adjacent tooth, that tooth can easily experience irreversible damage. The most common problem is tooth decay on the wisdom tooth jumping across to the healthy tooth nearby. As a result, a virgin tooth that has never had problems may risk being lost.
Infection under the gums
Cysts and abscesses are a common side effect following partial eruption due to lack of access for oral hygiene. Wisdom teeth become decayed and then develop large areas of infection around the tooth, which may cause destruction of jawbone.
Crowding of other teeth
As wisdom teeth come in, they typically cause the other teeth to be pushed forward in the mouth. Front teeth then appear to become crowded and bunched together. For patients that have properly aligned teeth, or have undergone orthodontic therapy, this can create a large concern. Misaligned teeth are also known to develop decay and gum disease more frequently than properly aligned teeth.
Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care
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