Visiting a dentist can be scary and daunting in general, let alone having to get a dental surgery like wisdom tooth removal. Considered expensive and a hassle on your everyday life, what with having to take time off to recover, the consequences of not removing the impacted third molars is much more severe. Besides persistent pain for the rest of your life, let’s see what else might happen if you don’t remove wisdom teeth that should come out.
It’s quite rare that wisdom teeth will come in at the right angle, with plenty of room and without causing pain. In fact, around 90% of the worldwide population no longer have the space for these teeth and with no real purpose to serve; we recommend their removal as soon as possible. If your wisdom teeth do erupt, you’ll likely notice a few other changes in the alignment of your teeth. When wisdom teeth grow in when there’s not enough space in the mouth, your teeth with becoming crooked and overlap – this is what we refer to as ‘overcrowding’. Not only can this cause issues with your daily brushing and flossing routine, allowing for food and bacteria build-up to lodge in those hard to reach places leading to potential tooth decay and gum disease, you will also require additional orthodontic care to straighten your smile.
Impacted teeth are prone to infections which may lead to a cyst or abscess. A partially erupted wisdom tooth can cause a bacterial infection known as pericoronitis which is extremely painful and potentially dangerous. Left undetected and untreated, infections can cause a myriad of health problems which may begin to affect your everyday life. Chewing will become difficult and by avoiding the infected area, you may cause more damage to your other teeth which will then also need more attention from your dentist.
Risk of Decay
If you’re one of the lucky ones whose wisdom teeth erupted without any issues, you will still need to take extra caution in monitoring them. Difficult to take care of as they are hard to reach, wisdom teeth are susceptible to bacterial growth and tooth decay if not checked and cleaned daily. Your usual daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice and flossing once is usually enough to keep them clean and healthy, you just need to ensure you’re getting every nook and cranny at the back of your mouth.
If you’ve been recommended to remove your wisdom teeth by our office or another dentist, it’s important that you book this surgery as soon as possible. Any delay can cause further harm to your oral health. At Tooth Crusader, we are happy to walk you through each step of the process to ensure you’re comfortable with the procedure. We will also be available post-treatment to provide tips on recovery and caring for your teeth.
Book your wisdom teeth consult today by calling our team at Tooth Crusader on (02) 8097 1838.