Why wisdom tooth extraction might be necessary for your dental health
The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge, typically in a person’s late teenage years or early twenties. Some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth, but most people need them extracted, with millions of people undergoing wisdom tooth removal each and every year. Below, Dr. Jameela Jifri, an experienced dentist in Milton, Ontario, explains why wisdom tooth extraction may be necessary for your oral health.
Why do wisdom teeth cause problems for so many people?
Unlike your other teeth, the wisdom teeth are not necessary for you to properly chew your food and speak. When they begin to grow in, most people do not have sufficient space in their mouth for the teeth to erupt correctly without affecting the surrounding teeth. When this happens, it can result in a number of issues:
- The wisdom teeth can come in crooked and/or begin crowding your other teeth, causing them to become misaligned. This, in turn, can cause further issues such as TMJ pain, grinding and clenching, and difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene.
- The wisdom teeth may not fully erupt, causing significant pain in some cases and potentially leading to the formation of cysts or deep infection.
- Because the upper wisdom teeth are close to the sinuses that are located behind the nose, the wisdom teeth and their roots can exert pressure on the sinuses, causing headaches and even sinus infections in some cases.
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Even if the wisdom teeth can grow in properly, they can be very difficult to keep clean because they are located so far back in the mouth, making them susceptible to cavities and the formation of gum disease.
Schedule your consultation
If you suspect that you or your child needs wisdom teeth removal services, the team at Scott and Derry Dental Care is here to help. Dr. Jifri will perform an in-depth evaluation to determine whether wisdom tooth extraction is recommended. If extraction is necessary, we use effective anesthetics to keep you comfortable during the procedure and provide you with thorough aftercare instructions to help ensure a smooth recovery. To schedule a consultation for you or your child, call our Milton, Ontario office today at (855) 438-4999!
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