Why Do You Have to Pull Wisdom Teeth Out?

By | May 19, 2017

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We bet you know people who had their wisdom teeth taken out years ago and people who never even had to worry about it. So is it or is it not necessary? What gives?

The fact is, the only reason you’d need to get your wisdom teeth pulled is if they aren’t coming in correctly. Some people either don’t ever have their wisdom teeth come in, and some people have them come in perfectly fine. If you are one of our patients and we saw some problems on the horizon for you because of the way your wisdom teeth are growing, we may recommend extraction.

Reasons Wisdom Teeth Removal May Be Necessary

When we talk about future concerns due to your wisdom teeth development that could mean a few different things. Here are some common issues:

  • Damage to Surrounding Teeth — If your wisdom teeth are coming in at an awkward angle, they could push your other teeth out of place, which could become painful or increase the likelihood of cavities.
  • Damage to Gums — A wisdom teeth is impacted when it does not fully erupt. This can cause pain and swelling in your gums, and it can even lead to infections or cysts in the gum tissue.
  • Changes in Your Bite Alignment — When your wisdom teeth push around nearby teeth as they come in, it can actually cause crowding and change your bite. That means you might have difficulty chewing, experience tension in your jaw, or need orthodontics to straighten your teeth again.

About the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

If you and your dentist have determined that you need to get your wisdom teeth removed, the first step is to get X-rays to plan the procedure. With these images, your dentist can plan the extraction procedure since every case is unique. Then you will have consultation reviewing how the procedure will go and what anesthesia/sedation will be used. During the wisdom teeth removal procedure, your dentist will open the gum tissue, remove the teeth, and then close the tissue to heal. You’ll also get a set of instructions about post-op care to ensure a smooth, fast healing process.

To learn more about wisdom teeth removal, contact Bobcat Dental today. We can help you determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed to protect your dental health!