If you’re an adult, chances are, you’ve probably talked with your dentist about your wisdom teeth. These are your third molars, but usually, they’re often not very helpful to us. Even those with proper oral health usually suffer from impacted wisdom teeth. Dentists oftentimes do recommend removing them, and there are actually a lot of benefits to removing these. We’ll highlight why, and we’ll also discuss other common issues wisdom teeth have in your body.
First, let’s talk about impacted wisdom teeth. What is that? well, usually it’s when the wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow, so they oftentimes grow in strange locations. Sometimes, they can be positioned in a crooked or sideways manner within the jaw, which keeps them from erupting in a proper manner. This is called an impacted tooth, and usually, nine out of the young adults have this problem. That’s a lot!
Well, why should you remove them? Well, sometimes, this causes unhealthy circumstances, and usually, this is better to just remove than to keep in the mouth.
Healthy teeth can be damaged by impacted molars since they push on the second molars. The impacted wisdom teeth also can become decayed and infected, since they’re hard to reach with a toothbrush. The bacteria around these impacted teeth will lead to gum disease, and oftentimes, this can impact the organs within your body, including your heart. Heart attacks can happen because of this.
Sometimes, cysts can be formed around the bottom of impacted teeth, which cause damage to the jawbone, nerves, and other parts of your nearby teeth.
So when is the best time to remove them? Well, whenever your dentist detects and issue, and there is a chance that it’ll create complications in your mouth, you should consider removing these. Even if not problematic at the moment, you’ll definitely want to consider this, since a lot of times, people will not realize the damage this can create. Oftentimes, if you take them out earlier too, it’s better. Younger people are oftentimes much better about removing these since it will help with removal. The roots in wisdom teeth in younger people aren’t fully developed, and the bone that’s there isn’t so dense, and it means that there is a much smaller chance of damaging the nerves, bone, or teeth when they’re removed.
Can they be kept though? Well, if you’re lucky enough to have a large mouth, which meant that the wisdom teeth can fully erupt without interfering with the other teeth, then by all means, keep them. But, before you’re in the clear to keep these, you should make sure that they are functional, and not going to impact you in the future. You should also make sure that they don’t’ have cavities, and the gum tissue is healthy, and of course not causing you any pain.
However, if you do choose to keep them, you should focus on good oral care within your home, and make sure that you focus on flossing regularly and using fluoride toothpaste and making sure that you get the teeth back there. Make sure to never forget them, and use an antibacterial mouth rinse to get the lingering bacteria there. You should also make sure that you see your dentist regularly, and if the situation does change, don’t be afraid to get them out. They’re not as needed anymore, but sometimes, it’s easier to just keep them than try to remove as needed.