Do you ever wonder why your Samaritan Dental dentist tells you to remove your wisdom teeth? Well, if they are the teeth of wisdom, why remove them?
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are formally known as the third and final set of molars. They usually start to appear at about the age of twenty; and this is why they are called wisdom teeth, because they appear much later in life as compared with the other teeth,; and they appear at about an age where people are expected to be more mature or wiser than a child.
Do wisdom teeth always have to be extracted?
No. Wisdom teeth may not be removed if:
- It is health
- Correctly positioned for biting and can be easily cleaned for hygienic purposes
- It has grown fully
A visit to your dentist will determine whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
When should wisdom teeth be extracted?
According to the American Dental Association, it may be necessary to remove the wisdom teeth in any of the following cases:
- If there is pain
- If it damages nearby teeth
- Gum disease
- Repeated infection
- Extensive tooth decay
The wisdom to remove or not to remove the wisdom teeth is not always a clear choice; hence, a visit to your dentist is a must.
Is the removal of wisdom teeth painful?
Fortunately, it is not. With the use of proper anesthesia, it will be just like extracting other tooth; however, for those who are afraid of injections, this might be a problem. But, don’t worry; the thought of the injection is a lot more painful than the real thing.
Effects of not extracting wisdom teeth
Not to allow your dentist to remove your wisdom teeth, when there is a need to remove them, can cause the following complications:
- They can push your other teeth, which can cause misalignment and pain when chewing food
- They can form cysts that can damage the nerves in your mouth
- Sinus issues
- They can swell and inflame your gums
- Cavities and bad breath
A visit to your dentist will do you a lot of good, especially in terms of your hygiene. Do not be afraid if your dentist tells you to have your wisdom teeth extracted. The discomfort and inconvenience of not removing your wisdom teeth are more painful than extracting them.