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Benefits of Removing Wisdom Teeth

Do you need your wisdom teeth removed? About 85 percent of people do, so you’re likely to need them removed at some point. Fortunately, while people used to have to deal with painful wisdom teeth issues, modern technology has equipped us with the tools to determine when to take out the wisdom teeth, even before they begin to cause problems. But is it really necessary to undergo this procedure? What are the benefits of getting wisdom teeth removed?

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that people develop between the ages of 17 and 25. If these grow in straight and healthy, they can be useful in chewing food and keeping the jaw in proper alignment. However, wisdom teeth are often misaligned or impacted, and this can cause a wide range of issues. When wisdom teeth come out in the wrong positions, they can become misaligned or crowded. When the mouth is overcrowded and they can’t emerge at all, wisdom teeth can be impacted or remain partially beneath the gum line. Misalignment or overcrowding makes cleaning them difficult, which can to infection, bad breath, swelling in the jaw or face, and difficulty chewing, biting, or even opening the mouth. Understanding all of the issues that can occur makes the benefits of wisdom teeth removal clear.

Life After Wisdom Teeth

Aside from just preventing problems with dental hygiene and tooth crowding, there are many other benefits of getting wisdom teeth removed.

  • Post wisdom teeth removal, you may find you have fewer headaches. Once a person’s adult teeth and permanent molars are firmly established, it can be difficult for wisdom teeth to emerge. As they try to force their way in, the wisdom teeth can cause crowding, shifting the well-established teeth and causing headaches.
  • Orofacial pain can be lessened with the removal of wisdom teeth. The problems caused by wisdom teeth can result in pressure, gum sensitivity, and tooth sensitivity. Removing the wisdom teeth promotes a higher quality of life, with fewer limitations on eating and drinking, and less pain in the mouth and face.
  • Removing wisdom teeth reduces the risk of disease. Because wisdom teeth increase the likelihood of infection, including tooth decay and gum disease, they also increase the risk of more advanced oral infections and even systemic infections. The sooner wisdom teeth are removed, the lower the risk of these issues.
  • Mouths without wisdom teeth have fewer orthodontic issues. Overcrowded mouths can become misaligned, as teeth are pushed into the wrong position. By removing wisdom teeth, you remove that source of overcrowding and save money on orthodontia.
  • Wisdom teeth can damage your other teeth. The pressure that wisdom teeth cause can grind away the enamel and loosen the roots of nearby much. This makes those neighboring teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay and bone loss. Wisdom teeth removal saves teeth from that stress, and reduces the chances that you’ll need root canals and fillings.
  • Cysts, tumors, and jaw damage can result from wisdom teeth. Because of the increased bacteria in a mouth with impacted wisdom teeth, cysts and tumors can invade the jawbone, causing serious joint pain.

Contact Signature Smiles Dentistry for Wisdom Teeth Removal

At Signature Smiles Dentistry, we treat our patients like family. Our happy team creates a safe and welcoming environment, where patients can relax in a place of comfort, under the care of experienced professionals. Because we understand the fear that can come with a dental visit, we dedicate ourselves to learning about each of our patients and working to alleviate that fear. Providing general, cosmetic, and restorative services in Parker, CO, we use the latest equipment to give our patients the very best service and care. Our team is knowledgeable and passionate about their work, and, under the direction of Dr. Gunning, a dedicated cosmetic dentist, we provide patients with comprehensive care unique to their situation. For more information about how we can help you find your signature smile, call us at 720-465-7796 or contact us through our website.