Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

At some point, most people have their wisdom teeth extracted; in fact, 85% of adults in the United States have their wisdom teeth removed at some point. Even if wisdom teeth aren’t causing pain or complications, they may in the future. Luckily, at Brechon Dental in Belvidere, we can help! With digital imaging and an oral evaluation, we can determine whether your wisdom teeth may impact your oral health.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that will erupt during your late teens or early twenties. On occasion, patients’ wisdom teeth can be healthy and aligned, but unfortunately, that is somewhat rare.

Wisdom Tooth Complications

Wisdom teeth can often erupt misaligned and be positioned in various ways. This includes being angled toward or away from other teeth, angled inward or outward or even completely horizontal. This can lead to spacing issues, crowding and even damage to adjacent teeth.

Impaction of wisdom teeth is another common problem which can cause serious complications. Wisdom teeth can be enclosed in bone and tissue or even partially erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infection, causing swelling of the gums, pain and on rare occasions, an infection of the blood called sepsis which can be life-threatening. When wisdom teeth are partially erupted, they may also be harder to reach and clean, increasing your risk of decay, cavities, infection and in some cases periodontal gum disease.

Depending on the position, stage of development and risk of complication of your wisdom teeth, we may recommend having them extracted. If you contact our Belvidere dental office, we can schedule an appointment to evaluate your teeth, gums and overall oral health. Based on our findings, we can discuss whether or not wisdom tooth extraction is the right option for you.