It really isn’t necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed if they are properly positioned and do not cause any pain or other dental problems, such as an infection. However, if they are impacted or they are causing crowding problems for your other teeth, your dentist will most likely recommend that you have them taken out.
There are two different ways that wisdom teeth can grow. Some grow in like regular teeth, and some will become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are blocked from growing correctly. They usually stay under the surface of your gum line and lay horizontally instead of standing straight up. This is usually the case when there isn’t enough room in your mouth for them to grow straight up. Sometimes, they come out sideways and lean towards another tooth. If you keep an impacted wisdom tooth that slightly comes out it can be difficult to keep because it provides a place for bacteria and plaque to build up. This is not good because it would promote the development of cavities, and it could lead to a much larger infection than just in your teeth.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted can sometimes collide with the roots of your molars, which can be very painful. Also, while your impacted wisdom teeth are trying to break through, the wisdom teeth can wear down the tooth next to it and lead to many dental issues. If you decide not to have your wisdom teeth taken out, be sure to floss your teeth on a very consistent basis, being sure to get all the way to the back teeth, and be sure to use mouth wash with fluoride.
What Happens if They Have Grown in and Don’t Cause Pain?
The decision is really up to you. Wisdom teeth that don’t cause a lot of crowding and don’t hurt are ok to keep. However, many dentists will recommend that they be taken out. They do this because wisdom teeth and the ones they are touching are highly susceptible to cavities and are not easy to clean. If your wisdom teeth have cavities and you can’t clean them due to their location, filling the cavities is not a good idea because new cavities will continue to appear. The easiest way to avoid any problems caused by your wisdom teeth is to have them removed.
When Should Your Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
There really isn’t a set age to have your wisdom teeth taken out. Some people have them taken out when they are teenagers and others wait until they are adults. If your wisdom teeth need to be removed, it’s better to have them out at a younger age because the healing process would be faster. However, if you are already into your 40’s with all of your wisdom teeth and they aren’t causing you any trouble, having them removed is not necessary.
Is the Removal Process Painful?
It shouldn’t be. With correctly administered anesthesia, the only thing you should feel is some slight pressure or pulling, but not any pain. If you do feel any sort of pain, let your dentist know right away that you are not totally numb.
What Can I Eat After Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Your dentist will let you know what you can eat after your wisdom teeth have been removed. Some of their suggestions might include pudding, mashed potatoes, soup, applesauce, jello, or milkshakes.
If you are experiencing pain where your wisdom teeth care coming in, you need to consult your dentist as soon as possible. At Simply Smiles Dentistry, we can provide you with the proper advice and care that you need to be pain and infection free from the problems being caused by your impacted wisdom teeth.
Until next time…Keep on smiling!