When third molars, or wisdom teeth, make their appearance, they may cause some concern. In most cases, there is inadequate space in the human mouth to allow wisdom teeth to erupt properly.
Often, wisdom teeth can become impacted (stuck) in a painful position, so preventative removal is the best option. When left untreated, wisdom teeth can damage other teeth as well as the health of your whole body.
What are the Risks of Keeping My Wisdom Teeth?
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Schedule your exam with Dr. Pfost or Dr. Davis to find out more about your individual needs.
For many patients, wisdom teeth can be the cause of pain, swelling, decay, and infection. If x-rays reveal that your mouth is not large enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth correctly, we will advise you remove them before complications arise.
Some of the risks of keeping your wisdom teeth include:
- Damage to surrounding teeth: Your other molars can be rubbed and pushed by wisdom teeth. These teeth may be more likely to develop decay and gum disease.
- Bodily infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth may allow bacteria to become trapped under the gum tissue and cause an infection that spreads throughout the body.
- Crowding: Wisdom teeth may put pressure on the remaining teeth and push them inwards, so they become crowded and crooked.
- Cysts and tumors: Although this problem is less common, it is one of the most dangerous possibilities related to impacted wisdom teeth.
Come In for Your Commitment-Free Exam
You might not require wisdom tooth removal at all, but it is best to find out before they begin to erupt. During your exam, we can learn how many wisdom teeth you have and if you have sufficient space for them in your mouth. We can get a general idea of how they will emerge and if they might threaten your health in any way.
Dr. Pfost and Dr. Davis want to give you and your family the gift of long-lasting oral health! To find out more about your unique dental needs, call our office to schedule an appointment.