Planning for wisdom teeth removal is a common event in the life of a young adult. While there is quite a long list of reasons for having the wisdom teeth removed, the list of reasons for keeping them has always remained quite short. Few teens or young adults will have enough space in the jaw for this third set of molars, and as the teeth attempt to crowd into place, they can contribute to a host of complications. Of course, when you have invested your time and your financial resources in orthodontic treatment, you’ll want to avoid future dental problems at all costs.
To preserve your investment in orthodontic treatment, it is often advised that patients plan to have the wisdom teeth evaluated by an oral surgeon. Based upon the surgeon’s professional opinion, the timing of the removal of the wisdom teeth can be coordinated with the orthodontist.
To preserve your investment in orthodontic treatment, it is often advised that patients plan to have the wisdom teeth evaluated by an oral surgeon.
The timing of the removal will typically be based upon the condition of the wisdom teeth and their immediate or future impact on your smile. Prior to the start of your orthodontic treatment, if the wisdom teeth are found to interfere with the teeth, the gums, or the orthodontic appliances, they can be removed right away.
These teeth might also be slated for removal if they interfere with the way in which your teeth fit together. Much of the orthodontic process is related to achieving a healthy bite and an attractively aligned smile. Whereas a wayward wisdom tooth might threaten to derail your bite pattern, the best option is to simply have the tooth (or teeth) removed.
Even years after you have completed your orthodontic treatment, you’ll still want to take the appropriate steps to preserve your investment. Shifting and crowding can occur no matter how many years have passed, and the presence of the wisdom teeth can generally be expected to complicate matters.
To schedule your wisdom teeth removal before or after your orthodontic care, contact Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today.