Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are commonly removed because they contribute to a number of oral health conditions. Most of the time, oral health practitioners recommend wisdom teeth removal because retaining third molars can increase a patient’s risk for periodontal disease, tooth decay, and chronic infections called abscesses. Our office performs wisdom teeth removal with the latest technology and methods to ensure patient comfort and improved oral health.
Oral Health Problems Associated With Wisdom Teeth
In general, dental and medical professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be removed in the following instances:
• Infections and or periodontal disease
• Cavities that cannot be restored
• Pathologies such as cysts, and tumors, and damage to neighboring teeth
• Bite or tooth alignment issues
Wisdom teeth that are completely erupted and functional, painless, cavity-free, in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue, and are disease-free may not require extraction.
Wisdom teeth are easier to remove when the patient is younger, since their roots are not completely formed, the surrounding bone is softer, and there is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures. Removal of wisdom teeth at a later age becomes more complicated as the roots have fully developed (may involve the nerve), and the jawbone is denser.
What If I Decide To Keep My Wisdom Teeth?
If after discussing your situation with your family dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you decide to keep your wisdom teeth, be sure to take particular care in cleaning and flossing your teeth, especially the molars. Your third molars must be professionally examined regularly and x-rays of your wisdom teeth should be taken every year to make sure that the health of your teeth and gum tissue does not change.
If your dentist has recommended the removal of your wisdom teeth, contact Prestige Oral Surgery for a consultation at 732-297-7000.