Back in the days of our ancestors, wisdom teeth were used to eat tough foods like roots and raw meat which required a lot of chewing force. In our modern age, this third set of molars is not so pertinent to our ability to chew and digest food, yet they still grow in and often not how you want them to.
For some lucky individuals, removal may not be necessary, or you may never even get your wisdom teeth, but those who do, they are likely to grow in around ages 17-25. Around 90% of the worldwide population no longer have space in the mouths for these teeth and with no real purpose to serve anymore, dentists recommend that we remove them as soon as possible. Let’s discover why.
When your wisdom teeth begin pushing toward the surface, the limited space may cause them to grow on an angle that faces toward your other teeth which in turn can cause inflammation and swelling. This can then bring about a separation between it and the gums, resulting in a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacterial growth can then cause an infection, ulcerations, and the decay of surrounding teeth. Impactions are painful and it is often difficult to alleviate the symptoms.
One of the most common issues with wisdom teeth is those who wait too long to remove them end up suffering from misalignment due to overcrowding. Unfortunately, this can result in patients who have previously worn braces be facing the cost of having to wear them again after wisdom teeth removal surgery. When wisdom teeth erupt, they may also change the dynamics of your bite which can lead to pain and headaches.
Risk of Cavities
Being at the back of your mouth, wisdom teeth are hard to clean and therefore often neglected in your daily oral care routine which can result in cavities that are hard to reach and treat. Additionally, adjacent teeth may suffer too, with cavities resulting from swollen gum tissue and soft-tissue inflammation caused by bacterial growth.
Whether your wisdom teeth are impacted or erupted fine, they can still breed bacteria in the mouth and gums. Allowing these bacteria to grow patients risk the chances of periodontal diseases. Any inflammation around your teeth is a gateway for tumours or cysts to grow on the jawbone that may lead to joint pain and damages to deeper tissues such as the nerves. If you notice another lump developing around a wisdom tooth, it is time to book an appointment with us to get them removed.
When the wisdom teeth are still young, the root system is not fully developed, meaning an easier extraction process. As you age, your teeth develop harder root systems more deeply into your jawbone. Due to this extensive root system, older patients may experience heavier bleeding, & fractured teeth. In adulthood, this surgery can also cause a diminished range-of-motion in the jaw which can last from a few days to a lifetime. As a result, it is recommended to remove your wisdom teeth at an earlier age for a faster, smoother recovery.
All the above issues can be avoided by booking in wisdom teeth extraction surgery before it’s too late. While it may be daunting to some, especially those who are afraid of dental visits, anaesthesia options are available to help mitigate pain.
Call our team at Tooth Crusader today on (02) 8097 1838 to book a consultation or wisdom teeth extraction surgery.