Your wisdom teeth are the back molars that erupt later in life than most other adult teeth. That’s how they get their name—they come in when you’re older and “wiser.” Unfortunately, by the time the wisdom teeth erupt, the other adult teeth may be taking up too much space for them to grow in normally. As a result, they become impacted.
It’s important to heed the advice of your dentist or oral surgeon if they recommend wisdom teeth extraction. There are many potential consequences of leaving impacted wisdom teeth in place, including pain, infection, damage to neighboring teeth, and more.
Though oral surgeons rely on advanced technology and methods to ensure patients remain as comfortable and safe as possible both during and after a wisdom tooth extraction, many people feel extreme anxiety in anticipation of the procedure and put it off as long as they can.
However, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of the procedure, it may be helpful to learn about its advantages.
The following are just a few key reasons why it’s a good idea to get impacted wisdom teeth removed.
Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt in awkward angles, which can cause food particles to get stuck in the teeth. Because the teeth are difficult to clean properly, they, as well as the gums, are more vulnerable to infection.
We know that staying on top of our dental hygiene is important, but no one really relishes the idea of spending more time than we have to on brushing and flossing. As such, wisdom teeth extraction allows you to avoid spending that extra time thoroughly cleaning the impacted teeth of food and plaque.
Some people put off having their wisdom teeth extracted because of the initial cost of the procedure. However, what many don’t think of is the money they’ll save in the long run after they have them removed.
Because impacted wisdom teeth can put you at a greater risk of dental problems (e.g., tooth decay and tooth damage), leaving them in place means accepting unnecessary dental bills in the future. The cost of the extraction is often relatively small when compared to the expenses you could incur if you ignore the issue.
Did you know that staying on top of your dental health also has a positive impact on your overall wellness?
When food is trapped in your mouth after a meal (which is more likely to happen with impacted wisdom teeth), it attracts bacteria that eat away at your teeth and gums. However, there’s also evidence to suggest that this same bacteria can enter your bloodstream and damage your heart and/or kidneys. This could also result in the need for unexpected medical treatments in the future.
This is yet another reson why extracting impacted wisdom teeth saves you money. The overall expenses associated with heart and kidney disease may be substantial. Removing your wisdom teeth when a professional recommends doing so can help you reduce healthcare spending and allow you to enjoy the benefits of better overall health.
Maintaining Your Smile
Impacted wisdom teeth can alter the proper alignment of your teeth if they aren’t removed. They may even undo the benefits of orthodontic treatments you’ve undergone in the past.
Moreover, when your teeth are not properly aligned, you may not feel as confident in your appearance as you otherwise would. This can even negatively affect how you interact with people, from friends to coworkers. Having your wisdom teeth removed at the right time can boost your odds of maintaining a confident, attractive smile throughout your life.
Halting Issues Early On
While some patients experience discomfort early when impacted wisdom teeth begin to erupt, this is not a universal experience. Some patients simply don’t realize they are already starting to develop health complications as a result of their impacted wisdom teeth. Early removal gives your oral surgeon the chance to identify and address these minor complications before they result in major issues.
That’s why regular dental checkups are important. If your wisdom teeth haven’t already erupted, your dentist or oral surgeon can evaluate them and determine if they will cause problems in the future.