Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Most people need their wisdom teeth removed because there is not enough room in their mouths for an extra, large molar. Wisdom teeth can get stuck, push on other teeth, and cause a lot of pain or even infection if not removed.
When a dentist recommends getting a wisdom tooth extraction it may seem extreme but it is a fairly common procedure. In fact, The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 85% of wisdom teeth need to be removed at some point! These teeth, also called third molars, usually start to come in as early as age 14 and are the last teeth to emerge. When wisdom teeth don’t have enough room they may turn sideways or get stuck. They can even begin to push on our other teeth. This is called an impacted wisdom tooth. Surgery to remove and patient recovery is much easier the younger the patient is.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth are painful and lead to:
Infection: As an impacted wisdom tooth starts to emerge, pushing through the gums, the gums can become infected and swollen.
Crowding: When there is not enough room in our mouths for wisdom teeth they push our other teeth closer together and often out of place. Front teeth may even cross because they have nowhere else to go.
Cysts: A sac of fluid that may form around the incoming wisdom tooth causing decay and displacement.
Damage to other molars: Wisdom teeth that are impacted may push on and rub against our second molar. This can cause serious damage to both teeth.
Most dentists want to preemptively remove wisdom teeth to avoid the unnecessary pain of an impacted tooth. If you’re looking for wisdom tooth removal in Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland, then Just Wisdom Teeth can help you! Call us at (301) 719-5890 or fill out our contact form to find out more.