Your wisdom teeth are the largest teeth in your mouth, and many patients’ jaws are not large enough to accommodate them. If there is not enough room in your jaw, your wisdom teeth will become impacted and fail to erupt properly.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a host of problems that can negatively affect your oral health. Because the wisdom teeth are so susceptible to becoming impacted, most people will work with a dentist and pursue proactive wisdom tooth removal in order to avoid these consequences.
The Consequences Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The following oral health issues can result from impacted wisdom teeth.
- Abscesses and infections
- Cysts and tumors
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Shifting other teeth out of alignment
These issues can have long-term consequences for the well-being of your smile, as well as your whole body. For example, damaged teeth may be more vulnerable to developing cavities and they can mar your smile’s appearance as well.
In the most severe cases, the bacteria present in untreated abscesses can access the bloodstream and spread throughout the patient’s body, putting the patient at risk for sepsis.
The Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
The problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth can be rather unpredictable, however, and many patients will want to prevent those problems rather than waiting for them to emerge and treating them later in the process.
Wisdom tooth removal is a straightforward procedure, performed by a dentist in the office. It takes just a few hours, and most patients are able to resume their normal routines within a matter of days.
You will receive detailed post-operative instructions, and it’s important to follow them closely in order to minimize your risk of complications that can derail your healing process. Here are just a few of the recommendations:
- Keep the extraction sites clean as directed.
- Limit your diet to soft foods for the first few days after the extraction.
- Abstain from smoking, which can interfere with healing.
- Avoid drinking straws, which increase the risk of dry sockets.
To learn more about the oral health benefits associated with wisdom tooth removal, visit our office for a consultation and determine whether you might benefit from this procedure.