Can You Live with Your Wisdom Teeth?
Las Vegas, NV
The third molars are often often referred to as wisdom teeth, and they may have been removed to reduce crowding or the risk of infection. While wisdom teeth extraction was historically considered beneficial, recent studies show that it poses more risk and further damage if the tooth does not need extraction. If you consider leaving your wisdom teeth intact, it is crucial to consult with our dentist to determine if removal is the best solution.
Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery has a dedicated and experienced team of dental experts who are ready to help you maintain a healthy mouth. Regardless of why one considers wisdom teeth extraction, consulting with our professional goes a long way in ensuring you make the right decision for your oral health.
Should You Leave Healthy Teeth Alone?
Most people live by the general notion of “do not fix it if it is not broken,” which is partially true for wisdom teeth. We recommend leaving healthy wisdom teeth in place if there are no problems and they are healthy. However, there are several factors to consider before leaving your wisdom teeth, and our dentist can help you prevent any risk associated with the premature extraction of wisdom teeth.
Patients who come in for extraction or are in doubt about living with wisdom teeth need to be checked for signs of decay or deterioration. Fully erupted teeth that are in the correct position and do not impact your oral capabilities should not be extracted because they are healthy and do not pose a risk.
Wisdom teeth often erupt at 17 or 18 years of age but fully emerge when you reach 25 years of age. The reality is that they are hard to keep clean and are susceptible to gum disease and cavities. According to the dental community, leaving wisdom teeth causes future dental complications at least two-thirds of the time. Over the years, dental practitioners have always opted to remove these teeth, relying on the philosophy that it is better to be safer than sorry.
What to Do if They Crowd Out Your Teeth?
A common problem with letting wisdom teeth develop is the lack of sufficient room to erupt fully. If they erupt, your wisdom teeth may crowd other teeth in your mouth, causing them to be crooked or shift from the initial position. Aside from misalignment, crowded teeth also lead to decay and gum disease in severe cases.
A crowded mouth pushes other teeth to erupt at an incorrect angle, creating a path for bacteria and germs to enter these openings. Impacted wisdom teeth may need to be extracted if they cause pain and discomfort, prone to recurrent infection, tumors to develop, display signs of decay, or are surrounded by disease. If you detect any of these signs and symptoms, it might be time you consider having your wisdom teeth extracted.
Consult with Our Dentist
It is difficult for untrained individuals to determine if their wisdom teeth need to be extracted. At Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery, we conduct a comprehensive examination to ensure the removal is the only viable option. Please call us today at (702) 329-7554 and schedule an appointment for quality wisdom teeth extraction.