So, your dentist says they want to remove your wisdom teeth. Of course, you’ve heard of tons of your friends and family having their wisdom teeth removed, but yours don’t hurt, so why should you have them removed? Honestly, wisdom teeth don’t necessarily need to be extracted. Some people are able to have them grow in normally and don’t have any problems whatsoever. In other cases, people get them removed unnecessarily.
The issue with wisdom teeth is the problems that they could potentially cause. Usually, before recommending extraction, the dentist will have observed that they will eventually cause damage to your teeth. They can observe this by taking an x-ray and noticing that your teeth are growing in at an angle.
What Damage Can They Really Cause?
If you think that the risk of damage is overplayed, you couldn’t be more wrong. Not only can wisdom teeth cause your teeth to become crooked, but they can actually cause more serious complications.
- Misalignment – Impacted teeth can cause crowding of other teeth. These teeth can become painful and cause bit issues that can eventually damage the other teeth.
- Inflamed Gums – Tissue around the area of your new wisdom teeth can become inflamed and painful.
- Cavities – The swollen gums create a pocket around other teeth that make a good hiding spot for harmful bacteria to cause cavities.
- Sinus Issues – Sinus pain, pressure, and congestion are all also possible side effects of not taking care of your wisdom teeth.
- Jaw Damage – Cysts occasionally form around your new teeth and if left untreated can cause damage to the jaw itself.
If you notice that you are starting to get your wisdom teeth, it’s best to have your dentist check it out to see if it would be necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed. If you’re unsure, better safe than sorry!