How to Achieve a Happy and Healthy Wisdom Tooth-Free Mouth
Wisdom teeth are the bane of most young adults’ existences. They constantly ache and hurt, but the horror stories of removal keep people constantly postponing their appointment. Whether you try to keep or choose to remove wisdom teeth, it seems like a lose-lose situation.
If you value your oral health, be sure to schedule (and keep!) your appointment to talk about your wisdom teeth. While you won’t enjoy getting your wisdom teeth removed, there’s certainly a right and a wrong way to go about their removal. Being properly educated about your wisdom teeth is the key to the fastest and easiest recovery.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are an old homage to our ancestor’s diets, which consisted of rough foods that needed more chewing power than today’s meals. Our mouths, unfortunately, have not evolved as quickly as our diets. This means we’re left with extra teeth that are more trouble than they’re worth.
Removing your wisdom teeth is an important part of maintaining oral health. Wisdom teeth are commonly removed due to their problematic nature. These teeth grow in long after your standard twenty-eight incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. Even if they don’t hurt, they may be causing massive damage to your other teeth. Wisdom teeth are bad because:
● Wisdom teeth move other teeth. Wisdom teeth are forced to push other teeth forward, so they’ll have enough room to grow in. The movement of your teeth can create widespread pain and problems with biting.
● The jaw itself can be damaged. When wisdom teeth grow in, cysts can grow with them. Without proper treatment, these cysts can damage nerves, hollow out the jaw, and cause serious pain.
● Sinus problems may develop. The body is heavily interconnected, and complications with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain and congestion.
● Gums inflate in reaction to wisdom teeth. Swollen gums can be difficult to clean and may be painful.
● Cavities can form. As your gums swell, new pockets are formed. Bacteria can grow in these pockets and create cavities.
● Wisdom teeth are often impacted. These teeth easily become impacted, meaning they grow at the wrong angle. This can damage your gums and shift other teeth into a bad position.
Removing your wisdom teeth can lead to a future of great oral health. By removing these teeth, you can ensure that the rest of your teeth will remain in their proper place. You remove the chances of jaw damage and sinus issues. Wisdom teeth removal is also preventative as it keeps possible future problems from developing.
The Problems with Bad Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common surgery, but improper practices can lead to complications. Many issues that can come from wisdom teeth surgery involve the bacteria living in your teeth. These bacteria are the reason that dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly.
Bacteria that live in your mouth are attracted to the warm, moist environment with plenty of corners and holes to hide in. The holes left behind by wisdom teeth are the perfect environment for small bacteria to grow and thrive in.
How to Ensure Proper Wisdom Teeth Removal
Chances are, you have not had a full conversation with your oral surgeon about proper surgical techniques. Thankfully, you don’t need a medical degree to ensure that you’re getting proper care.
We recommend being selective about who you choose to do your oral surgery. Look for dentists with a strong presence in the community and good reviews online!
Call Us with Wisdom Teeth Questions!
One of the best ways to ensure you’re getting proper care is by working with one of the oral surgeons our team knows and trusts. Talk to our specialists about your concerns with wisdom teeth removal and schedule a consultation today!