Illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth that needs to be removed

3 Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

March 24, 2023 9:33 am | Published by |

Wisdom teeth, the molars at the very back of your mouth, are the final teeth to emerge, often appearing in your late teens or early twenties. While some patients’ mouths are able to accommodate these third molars with no problem, some patients have problematic wisdom teeth that need to be removed. Let’s take a look at some benefits of this common procedure.

  1. Prevent Oral Disease
  2. Impacted wisdom teeth are not able to erupt properly. They may be fully impacted, meaning stuck completely underneath the gums, or partially impacted, where the crown of the tooth has emerged but the rest remains below the gum line. Partially impacted wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean properly, increasing the likelihood of gum disease, bad breath, and other oral hygiene problems. Fully impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and cysts to form in the tooth socket.

    If your wisdom teeth become infected, they can cause serious issues with your jawbone and neighboring teeth. Extracting your wisdom teeth can remove the danger of a whole host of potential complications.

  3. Alleviate Discomfort & Pain
  4. When wisdom teeth begin to emerge, it is common to feel some soreness at the eruption site as the tooth makes its way through the gums. However, excessive discomfort may signal infection, gum disease, or some other issue caused by your wisdom teeth growing in crooked. If you are suffering from regular headaches or throbbing pain that radiates throughout your jaw, schedule a dental consultation to discuss wisdom teeth removal.

  5. Avoid Damage to Other Teeth
  6. Wisdom teeth can often cause crowding and shifting of your other teeth. This can result in enamel erosion or weakening of the roots of adjacent teeth. Not only can this be painful, but it can also affect the alignment of your bite and make it difficult to brush and floss as your teeth shift closer together. And if you’ve ever had braces, the last thing you will want is for these new molars to jeopardize your straight smile! Removing your wisdom teeth can help keep your other teeth straight and properly aligned.

Wisdom Tooth Removal at Dental Health Associates

Our team can help you determine whether wisdom teeth removal is right for your oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Dental Health Associates!


Wisdom teeth image from Authority Dental under CC 2.0

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