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Removing Wisdom Teeth to Improve Oral Health

Wisdom teeth highlighted on x-ray.The eruption of wisdom teeth is usually a surprise to many people. When these teeth eventually appear, some people get to keep them without any issues. Others might need to have them removed in order to avoid future complications. As wisdom teeth tend to come in during our late teenage years or in our early twenties, there are possibilities that they may pose some threats to our oral health. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, our professionals remove wisdom teeth for patients to alleviate any dental complications and improve their oral health.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of permanent molar teeth to come out. Typically, they erupt when people are in their late teens or during the early twenties. They erupt at the extreme end of the mouth close to the point where our jaws join and hinge to the skull. When wisdom teeth come in and have adequate room, you will be able to keep them, as they will help you chew even better. But oftentimes, they come in when all of the other teeth have completely formed leaving no room for them to sprout. At this point, wisdom teeth become problematic as they try to make their own space while sprouting.

Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

When our teeth are already set, the eruption of wisdom teeth can raise a series of oral health issues for some of us. Overcrowding is a common one, as they cause the surrounding molars to push forward against other teeth. Overcrowding also makes it difficult for patients to receive orthodontic care. Since wisdom teeth are located at the far back of the mouth, they are much more susceptible to suffer tooth decay as reaching them with a toothbrush would be difficult. This would lead to cavities or other oral infections. Also, when wisdom teeth find it hard to break out of the gums, they raise serious risks of gum disease and possible pain in the mouth.

How Does the Removal of Wisdom Teeth Improve Oral Health?

Our professionals recommend the removal of wisdom teeth for patients when there are possible signs of overcrowding. If overcrowding is eliminated, patients are much likely to have less orthodontic issues in the future. Moreover, the pressure from an overcrowded mouth can cause damage to some teeth, roots and enamels, and even threaten bone loss. When wisdom teeth find it hard to break out of the gums, they put the patient at risk of having periodontal diseases. Inflammation may occur, causing serious pain and headaches for the patient. Without sprouting completely, they could also hide bacteria growing into cysts that will affect the smooth function of the temporomandibular joint in the jaw.

Removal of wisdom teeth also ensures that your bite and teeth alignment are kept intact. This in turn ensures that your smile remains in perfect form. You do not have to wait until you see the symptoms to take action. Please schedule a convenient consultation with us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today, by calling us at 214-363-9946 to see if you need to remove your wisdom teeth to maintain your oral health.

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