Why You May Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

Why You May Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Wisdom teeth are the 3rd set of molars that come in at the very back of the mouth when a person is in the late teens or early twenties. Many people have their wisdom teeth removed as a preventive measure before they cause any problems. Some people wait until their teeth become a problem before removing them. Because wisdom teeth have a huge risk of becoming impacted, dentists recommend getting them removed early on.

Most dentists recommend getting wisdom teeth removed before they come out of the gums. Once wisdom teeth are impacted, it can be difficult to remove them due to the disturbance the removal will cause to the neighboring teeth. Because of this predicament, patients who do not get their wisdom teeth removed early on may still have to get them removed later through an out-patient surgical procedure.

Reasons to Extract Wisdom Teeth

There are many possible problems caused by wisdom teeth that justify getting them removed.

  • First, they may get stuck under other teeth as they attempt to grow (impact). This happens because there isn’t enough room in the back of the mouth for the wisdom teeth to set in which causes them to push against the existing teeth as they grow. The result is the wisdom teeth pushing the existing teeth out of place. This can cause a lot of pain and movement in your teeth. Eventually, the wisdom teeth will get stuck in weird angles where a dentist may be unable to efficiently remove them without surgery. 
  • Another reason for wisdom teeth removal is pain. A lot of people experience pain when their wisdom teeth begin to come out. Because it can take months or even years for your teeth to come out, this can be a significant issue. Therefore, early removal can save you from a lot of unnecessary pain.
  • Sometimes, wisdom teeth emerge sideways through the gum, and they create pockets that trap bacteria that could cause cavities, gum disease and other types of oral problems. If your dentist can tell there is not enough room in the back of the mouth for the wisdom teeth to cleanly emerge without this problem, he or she will recommend getting them removed. 

How Your Wisdom Teeth Will Be Removed

The process of removing wisdom teeth depends on how far along in the growth process they have come along and whether they have become impacted. If the wisdom teeth have not erupted but are growing under the gums in positions that are easily accessible through simple incisions, your dentist will recommend removing them in an in-office visit. If the wisdom teeth have erupted through the skin and are not impacted (confirmed through x-rays), your dentist can remove them in an in-office visit. If the teeth are impacted, your dentist may be unable to remove them in an in-office procedure and will refer you to a dental surgeon. This procedure will be more arduous and will likely require anesthesia.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Eugene, Oregon

If you or a family member will be getting wisdom teeth soon or are having issues with existing wisdom teeth, talk to a dentist about what your options are. If you live in Eugene, Oregon, make an appointment with Dr. Ari Binder of 360 Dental today. He will give you a thorough examination, perform x-ray tests (if necessary), and give you a treatment recommendation to ease your symptoms as quickly as possible. You can make an appointment by calling (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment online.