Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth removal can prevent or alleviate the following issues
2nd Molar Damage - All Wisdom Teeth
If the wisdom tooth is not erupting straight, it can grow at an angle into the adjacent tooth causing a hole, caries, and periodontal disease of the tooth it pushes against, harming the 2nd molar tooth, a vital tooth in eating.
Cheek and Gum Damage - All Wisdom Teeth
If the wisdom tooth is not erupting straight, it can grow at an angle away from the adjacent tooth, into the throat area, causing biting of the cheek and gums every time one closes their mouth.
Pericoronitis - All Wisdom Teeth
Pericoronitis is inflammation and infection of the surrounding gums. This is especially the case when the tooth is impacted sideways or Ankylosed. As the patient gets older a small part of the tooth grows into the mouth, causing a flap of gum to form where food and bacteria are trapped causing inflammation.
Shifting of Teeth - All Wisdom Teeth
Prevention of shifting of the teeth, especially after Orthodontic treatment has been completed. After the brackets have been removed, there is a tendency for the wisdom teeth to push all the teeth as they erupt, causing the need to re-do the orthodontic treatment.
Pus and Infections - All Wisdom Teeth
If on a Panorex x-ray there is a radiolucency (a dark blackish area) behind the wisdom tooth, that is a sign that there is pus and infection under the gums behind the tooth.
Sinus Issues - Upper Wisdom Teeth
Upper wisdom teeth have been known to cause Sinus Problems / Headaches / E.N.T., especially if they do not erupt, and are stuck in the sinus area.
Downward Drift - Upper Wisdom Teeth
When removing the lower wisdom tooth, it is common practice to remove the opposing upper wisdom tooth, unless it is in occlusion. This is done to prevent downward drift, which will lead to the upper tooth biting on the gums, shifting of the teeth, and causing pain.
Recovery Time - All Wisdom Teeth
The younger the patient, the faster and easier the recovery. Adverse effects and complication after the removal of wisdom teeth are increased after the patient has reached 25 yrs. old and above.