Have you been told that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? Or perhaps you’re experiencing pain in the back of your mouth, most likely resulting from an impacted wisdom tooth that hasn’t grown in properly?
Why Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If we have enough room in the jaw the eruption of these teeth will be just a normal process of growing up. However, many people only have enough room for twenty-eight teeth. When there is not enough room for these teeth to erupt properly they become impacted.
Wisdom teeth are considered “impacted” or unable to erupt when they have no place to go or grow. They may grow in sideway (which can destroy your second molar), only partially come through the gum causing a bacteria trap resulting in recurrent infections or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone forming fluid filled sac (cyst) or tumors that destroy the jaw or teeth surrounding this area.
Wisdom teeth can be considered not functional or useful if they are:
- Badly decayed
- Have gum disease. It has been shown that 25% of patients with third molars have considerable periodontal disease around these areas. This can negatively influence the tooth towards the front of the third molar. Later in life with problems that can occur both teeth can be lost.
- Cause pain
- Interfere with biting.
Some of the benefits of early wisdom teeth removal that can help you to avoid future problems, include:
- Tooth roots are not fully developed
- The surrounding bone is softer
- There is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures
- There is less surgical risk
- Healing is generally faster
Wisdom teeth should be removed in order to:
- Reduce the chance of unexplained pain
- Avoid cavities in wisdom teeth and the teeth around them.
- Avoid periodontal disease
- Avoid biting interference.
- Avoid bone shrinkage. Teeth removed earlier allow for better bone fill on the adjacent tooth.
- Avoid cyst formation
- When they can’t erupt into an acceptable position
- When the roots may not be fully developed to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
- 40% of adults that never had their wisdom teeth removed as a teen develop infection, decay or gum disease by 45 years old
- Avoid cheek biting
Health care is expensive and lots of people charge lots of different prices for dental care. Here is a link that you can use that can help you get an estimate of how much it could cost. It’s based on prices that are turned into insurance companies and the zip code that it comes from. Here it is http://fairhealthconsumer.org
Dr. Sekulic’s additional year long training after dental school means you can receive ALL of your critical dental care services at his Hamilton OH office, including wisdom tooth removal.
We can help you decide which option can help you best so contact our office at (513) 896-1573 to schedule a no cost consultation.