Why Dentists Recommend Removing Your Wisdom Teeth

Have you been suffering from an intolerable pain at the back of your mouth? If the gums surrounding your molars look inflamed or redder than usual, chances are your wisdom teeth are the source of your discomfort.

Your wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars on either side of your upper and lower jaw. The last teeth to erupt, they usually break the surface when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. More often than not, wisdom teeth are “impacted,” which means they are stuck in the jawbone either because your mouth is too small or because they’re growing in at an awkward angle. Consequently, erupting wisdom teeth can be very painful and often require extraction to prevent further complications or health risks. Here’s why you should consider removing those late bloomers with West Edmonton’s trusted dental experts! 

Why is Removal Necessary?
Removing wisdom teeth has almost become a rite of passage among young adults. Even if your molars are in good shape, extraction may be required for preventive care purposes. Here are just a few reasons why dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth:

  • Inflamed gums. Red, swollen and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in can often lead to a low-grade infection known as pericoronitis. 
  • Cavities. Swollen gums can create pockets between teeth where bacteria can grow and eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Regular brushing and flossing is usually ineffective in these areas. 
  • Sinus pain. Issues with your wisdom teeth can go beyond the oral cavity and cause pain, pressure and congestion in your sinuses. 
  • Jaw damage. Fluid-filled cysts can form around these troublesome teeth, which can cause permanent damage to the bone, teeth and nerves in your jaw. 
  • Misaligned teeth. Impacted molars can cause crowding of other teeth and alter their alignment, which can undo previous (and costly!) orthodontic work. 
  • Gum disease. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to gum disease or tooth decay, which can have more serious repercussions on your overall health if bacteria enters the bloodstream.

When is the Best Time for Removal?
Every dentist will tell you that it’s recommended to have the procedure done at a young age. As you get older, the bones in your jaw harden and the roots of your teeth become more entrenched in your gum, making extraction more difficult. Risks involved with late removal include heavy bleeding, fractured bone or minor loss (temporary or permanent) of jaw mobility.

What to Expect Post-Surgery
Side effects of surgery include consistent bleeding (up to 24 hours), tender gums, limited jaw mobility and numbness in the mouth from local anaesthetics. At Callingwood Dental Health Centre and Suites, our experienced team of dental surgeons is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our patients with quality care, both during and after treatment. For a fast and efficient recovery, painkillers are provided and antibiotics are prescribed to patients prone to infection.

Make regular visits to your trusted family dentist in West Edmonton a priority, especially during your teens and early twenties! Using X-ray technology, we’ll evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth to determine if extraction is necessary before it gets tricky.

If you’re experiencing pain, or notice swelling or a bad odour lingering in the back of your mouth, don’t hesitate to consult your dentist! Call Callingwood Dental Health Centre and Suites for all of your oral health concerns.

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