Wisdom teeth, technically called third molars, used to be a necessary feature, but now they aren’t needed and can actually be harmful. The complications of impacted or infected wisdom teeth can affect your oral health and your overall health. Extracting wisdom teeth is the best way to avoid or to treat complications.
Possible Complications of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can cause many serious complications. These can include:
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Cysts and (usually) noncancerous tumors
- Oral hygiene challenges
- Gum disease
- Crooked and crowded teeth
When there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to emerge, they can become impacted against your second molar. This can damage the second molar, which may be due to the actual impaction or it may be related to hygiene difficulties.
Cysts occur when the sac around an impacted wisdom tooth fills with fluid. This can cause it to grow, which can damage the jawbone, nerves, and other teeth. Sometimes this even leads to the development of a tumor in the area. If this occurs, oral surgery will have to remove more than just the impacted tooth.
Third molars are very far back in the mouth, which can make them hard to clean. If they’re impacted, they can create spaces where food can get trapped, fueling the rapid growth of large colonies of bacteria that can damage your teeth, infect your gums, and spread throughout the body.
And the effects of wisdom teeth aren’t limited to the teeth directly adjacent. When your wisdom teeth try to crowd in, they can push all your teeth forward, causing significant crowding in the front of your mouth, causing teeth to rotate or tilt out of place.
Sooner Is Better for Wisdom Teeth Removal
As with many things in dentistry, prevention is much better than treatment for wisdom tooth complications. We can typically predict when wisdom teeth are going to become impacted and what complications might result. We can typically make recommendations to remove your wisdom teeth long before they start causing problems. This is better because:
- You can schedule at your convenience
- Your procedure will be more comfortable
- You’ll have lower risks
- You can avoid complications
When there’s no emergency for removing your wisdom teeth, you can get it done at your convenience. Find a time that fits your schedule to fit it in, and schedule it for that time. When we remove wisdom teeth earlier, they’re smaller and less bound to the jaw, so the procedure is easier. And if the site isn’t infected, there’s less risk.
Plus, it’s better to avoid complications than have to try to correct them after the fact.
Comfortable Wisdom Tooth Extraction
There are many dentists in Anchorage, but no one cares for you the way we do at Excellence in Dentistry. We strive to provide all our patients with 5-Star Dental Service. You’ll be greeted kindly, treated compassionately, and experience comfort that is unique to our office.
One of the ways we can improve your experience is with IV sedation. With IV sedation, you can be more fully sedated during your wisdom tooth extraction–you won’t feel a thing–and the time will pass quickly and easily. IV sedation is offered by few dentists because it requires additional training and equipment, but we care that our patients have this important option if they want it.
Do you want to learn more about the benefits of getting Wisdom tooth extraction at Excellence in Dentistry? Please call (907) 349-0022 today to schedule an appointment.