Wisdom Teeth Causing Problems
The teeth we extract most often are wisdom teeth. Technically known as third molars, these teeth come in later in life, though still early–when we’re in our teens or early twenties. What makes wisdom teeth problematic is that there is often not enough room for them in your mouth.
When there’s not enough room for wisdom teeth, you might experience:
- Impacted teeth that emerge partially or not at all
- Damage to the crown or root of neighboring teeth
- Crowded and crooked teeth
- Hygiene challenges and food stuck in teeth
- Gum disease
- Cysts and tumors
An impacted tooth is one that is hitting another tooth. This keeps your wisdom teeth from fully emerging. It can also lead to damage to the other tooth.
The pressure from the wisdom teeth trying to emerge can cause your other teeth to crowd together. This can make them crooked. Crooked teeth are harder to clean. However, the biggest hygiene challenge is often the impacted wisdom teeth themselves. These teeth create irregular, crowded spaces that are nearly impossible to clean out.
When you don’t clean your teeth properly, it can lead to cavities in your teeth and gum disease around them. Gum disease not only threatens your teeth, but it can also lead to serious health complications.
In addition, cysts and tumors, which are usually benign, can develop around impacted wisdom teeth.
We know from long experience how wisdom teeth emerge. Often our Plametto Bay dentists can tell if wisdom teeth are likely to develop problems long before the problems actually occur. When it looks like wisdom teeth are going to be problematic, we might recommend removal, even if there are currently no issues. It’s easier to extract wisdom teeth before complications arise.