If your wisdom teeth do not hurt, but your dentist has suggested that you consider taking them out, you may want to know the reasons behind the suggestion, and whether the process is necessary. Here is what you need to know about wisdom teeth extraction.
It May Be a Preventive Measure
Your dentist may recommend removing your healthy molars as a preventive measure. If your teeth are not a source of pain, currently, it does not mean that everything is okay with them. Your wisdom teeth may get stuck or impacted, if your jaw is not big enough to accommodate them, and this means that your teeth may not break through your gums. A wisdom tooth that is impacted often crowds other teeth, creating pain in your gums. If you do not remove the teeth early enough, you could have problems after future surgery, including, fractured teeth, or severe numbness. These issues could last for a couple of days or a lifetime.
When Is Removal Necessary?
If your wisdom teeth cause you pain, then it may be a good idea to have them taken out. Other reasons to remove them include:
When They Cause Sinus Issues
If you have problems with your wisdom teeth and lead to pain or congestion of the sinus, you should consider removing them.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may experience crowding problems with your other teeth. It may be necessary to remove your wisdom teeth, and in some instances, undergo a treatment to have your other teeth straightened.
If They Cause Damage to Your Other Teeth
Your molars may push the rest of your teeth around, leading to excess pain in the mouth, which may cause pain, and lead to difficulties when biting.
When They Cause Jaw Damage
Cysts may form around your new molars. If left untreated, they can damage your nerves, and in some instances, they can harm your jaw.
Before deciding to remove your wisdom teeth, your dentist will examine your mouth’s shape and the teeth’ position to make an informed decision. If you are not ready to extract your molars, you may have to wait for a couple of months to see if there will be any change before removing them. However, if you experience pain or swelling, then removing them might be a good idea.