For many teens and young adults, wisdom teeth removal marks another rite of passage along the path to adulthood. Most people have their wisdom teeth extracted as a protective measure against a variety of oral health problems. Leaving the wisdom teeth in place can lead to a variety of potentially harmful conditions.
The evolution of the human jaw has made wisdom teeth removal necessary for the vast majority of patients. The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the largest teeth found in the mouth. Our early ancestors needed these large teeth to process their rough diets and to replace other teeth that wore out over time.
Now, the human jaw is much smaller and there’s not enough room in the mouth for those sizable teeth. As a result, the wisdom teeth get stuck in the bone or gum tissue, which is defined by the clinical term, “impacted.”
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems. The wisdom teeth can cause discomfort as they continue to attempt to erupt. Similarly, they can knock the other teeth out of alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth are tougher to keep clean, and they also may develop abscesses and tumors.
Having an oral surgeon extract your wisdom teeth offers a layer of protection against these concerns.
Although wisdom teeth extraction is relatively routine, some patients still shy away from the idea of surgery, especially if they’re not experiencing any symptoms.
There may be some people who never have their wisdom teeth removed and never develop problems, but those cases are few and far between. Plus, it’s impossible to predict who will have issues and who won’t. Many patients appreciate the peace of mind they get from wisdom teeth removal.
Ideally, patients should have their wisdom teeth removed no later than age 25. As patients get older, the wisdom teeth become more entrenched in the bone and harder to dislodge. Additionally, it takes a longer time for older patients to heal after the wisdom teeth extraction procedure.
Contact Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today to discuss your options for wisdom teeth removal.