Many people are aware of all of the potential problems that can be associated with wisdom teeth. Because the human jaw has evolved to become narrower, it has less room for the large third molars. Consequently, those teeth often become impacted and fail to erupt.
Impacted wisdom teeth can create many issues. They are more susceptible to decay and infection, and they can also force the other teeth out of their proper positions, creating a crooked smile. Impacted wisdom teeth also can cause significant discomfort for patients.
To prevent these negative outcomes, many patients opt to have an oral surgeon remove their wisdom teeth as a prophylactic measure.
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgery procedures, if not the most common one. It is completed in a few hours in an outpatient setting. Most patients resume their normal routines within a few days of the procedure.
Some patients may question if wisdom teeth removal is necessary in their case, though, especially if they are not experiencing any symptoms. They may find it hard to imagine why they should undergo surgery if they’re not in pain.
In many cases, wisdom teeth removal is suggested to avoid outcomes that can have serious long-term consequences for a patient’s oral health.
In many cases, wisdom teeth removal is suggested to avoid outcomes that can have serious long-term consequences for a patient’s oral health. Furthermore, patients are encouraged to have their wisdom teeth removed before their mid-twenties. After that point, the surgery becomes more complex and the recovery period is longer.
Nonetheless, wisdom teeth removal is a very personal choice, and patients should choose a treatment plan that they feel comfortable with. Some may be concerned about the risks associated with surgery, although in most cases complications are rare.
Even if you are leaning against wisdom tooth extraction, it’s still wise to be evaluated by an oral surgeon, who may be able to detect signs of possible future trouble.
Ultimately, some patients may choose to keep their wisdom teeth, but even those patients should consult with an oral surgeon to determine whether that’s an advisable course of action.
To schedule your wisdom teeth consultation, contact our team at Oral Surgery Associates of North Texas today.