Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

This is oftentimes the question asked by patients considering extraction of wisdom teeth. You may not be experiencing problems at the moment, but taking action early can save you from complications further down the road.

When wisdom teeth are taken out at an early age, healing is often easier as the roots may not be fully developed yet and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. Although not everyone needs to have the teeth removed, most people’s mouths are not equipped with adequate space to accommodate them. When the jaw isn’t large enough, the wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they are not able to fully erupt or can become misaligned. If the teeth are not tackled early on then some may experience chronic pain in their gums surrounding the teeth. This oftentimes is a sign of infection from food and bacteria that may be trapped around the partially erupted teeth. Proactively removing wisdom teeth also helps to protect your investment in orthodontics. Wisdom teeth may cause shifting and movement of teeth over time if not removed, erasing years spent in wires and rubber bands!

If you are considering removal of your wisdom teeth don’t hesitate to call your favorite Aledo dentist, Goodwin Dental, so that we may answer any questions you may have. Summer is the perfect time to schedule your child’s procedure to avoid school and sports conflicts and allow for adequate healing time.

For tips on home care following your surgery check out the link below:

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth/article/important-healing-tips-when-removing-wisdom-teeth-0914

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