The third molars are also known as “wisdom teeth” because they typically come in when we are around 18 to 20 years old, a time when we start to gain wisdom in many aspects of our lives. They are the last teeth to come through the gums and are often the most difficult to keep clean and healthy.
When wisdom teeth first emerge, they can cause pain and swelling in the gums and surrounding tissue. This can make brushing the area difficult and painful, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If the wisdom teeth do not fully emerge, this can result in painful infections.
By removing your wisdom teeth, you can reduce your risk of developing cavities and infections. If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, it may be a good idea to have them examined by our dentist at Paradigm Dental to ensure that there are no signs of decay or infection.
Reason for Extracting Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure performed especially when the teeth are impacted, namely unable to emerge through the gums, or decayed.
Wisdom teeth can cause several problems, including infection, tooth decay, bone damage, damage to surrounding teeth, and misalignment. To prevent these outcomes, our dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth before they affect your smile and oral health.
Even if a patient’s wisdom teeth develop normally, they are still at risk for certain complications. If your wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow properly, they may need to be removed to prevent your other teeth from crowding. In such cases, the wisdom teeth may cause your other teeth to move forward and push them out of alignment, leading to problems with your bite and chewing function and TMJ disorders.
The Benefits of Extracting Wisdom Teeth
By removing your wisdom teeth, you can reduce your risk of developing cavities and oral infections since the area will be easier to clean. Removing the wisdom teeth can also help prevent crowding of the front teeth, which can cause problems with chewing or speech and lead to orthodontic problems in the future. It can also prevent damage to the roots of other teeth.
If you want to remove your wisdom teeth, visit Paradigm Dental at 3970 SW Mercantile Dr. Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035, or call (503) 626-7323 to get more information about what the procedure will involve and how it can benefit you in the long run.