In recent years, the removal of wisdom teeth has become a rite of passage of sorts for young adults. It’s an experience that many, if not most of us share, and it’s a practice that literally spans generations. According to a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, around 5 million people undergo oral surgery to remove their wisdom teeth EVERY YEAR—that’s at least 10 million teeth extracted!
But, My Wisdom Teeth Don’t Hurt…
Just because your wisdom teeth aren’t actively causing you pain, doesn’t mean that there’s nothing wrong. Wisdom teeth generally start making their appearance between the ages of 17-25. Often, these teeth can get stuck—or impacted—on their way out. That means that for whatever reason, your wisdom teeth aren’t able to break through your jaw and into your mouth with the rest of your molars.
For some patients, this happens because their mouth is too small to make room for your wisdom teeth. For others, the teeth could also be growing at an angle that can damage the surrounding molars. Waiting for pain to appear before addressing these potential issues could result in problems after surgery including heavy bleeding, fractured teeth and in some extreme cases, loss of feeling or movement in your jaw.
Show Me the X-Ray
X-rays are an excellent tool that allowS your dental care professional to examine the growth of your wisdom teeth as they help dentists identify potential issues with keeping your wisdom teeth.
Other reasons your dentist might recommend wisdom teeth removal
- Damage to other teeth: the extra set of molars can push against your other teeth, causing mouth pain and bite issues
- Jaw Damage: Cysts can form around the new teeth before they’ve broken through your jaw. If left untreated, these cysts can hollow out your jaw and even cause nerve damage.
- Sinus Issues: Problems with wisdom have also been linked to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
- Inflamed Gums: Tissue around the area where your wisdom teeth are coming out can become inflamed, swollen, and difficult to clean.
- Cavities: Swollen gums create pockets between teeth that help bacteria grow and cavities to form.
- Alignment: Impacted wisdom teeth can cause your other teeth to shift and result in the need to straighten your other teeth.
Our experienced team of board certified oral surgeons has been trained with YOU in mind. With locations in Henderson and Las Vegas, our oral surgeons each have more than 20 years of experience helping patients just like you!
Talk to Your Dentist
If you aren’t sure if wisdom teeth removal is right for you or if you started to notice pain or discomfort around your wisdom teeth, you should consult a dental professional immediately. From consultation to aftercare, we have a team of dental health professionals who are trained to make your wisdom tooth removal as easy and painless. Schedule your consultation today!