Black and white panoramic X-ray showing 4 wisdom teeth that need removal

What If I Don’t Get My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

August 31, 2021 4:35 am
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There comes a time in so many of our lives when our wisdom teeth become a problem. They may be growing in and shifting your smile, threatening to cause an infection, or something else, but it’s more than likely that they’ll have to go. Read on to learn why it’s so important to get an extraction if your dentist recommends one.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Sorry to say, wisdom teeth don’t make you wiser! They are called that because they usually emerge from your gums around college-age, between 17 and 26. They are at the very back of the mouth behind your second molars. If you have them, you can have anywhere from one to three. Anciently, these third molars may have been useful to grind down a rough diet of meat, twigs, nuts, and leaves. But modern wisdom teeth are no longer needed and often cause more harm than good.

What If I Don’t Get My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted. Wisdom teeth can grow in with not insufficient room in the mouth, shifting the rest of the teeth and potentially undoing expensive orthodontic work you’ve had done. Or, wisdom teeth may become impacted, which happens when they don’t have the space to emerge properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause swelling or bleeding in the area, jaw pain, swelling or stiffness in the jaw muscles, bad breath, or difficulty opening the mouth. Additionally, the growth of your wisdom teeth can lead to cysts, infections, damage to the other teeth, cavities, and more.

Tooth Extractions in Dallas, TX

At Buckner Terrace Dental, we perform wisdom teeth and other extractions, in addition to our comprehensive dental services. If your wisdom teeth are beginning to emerge, don’t sleep on the issue. Let us know and we’ll schedule a consultation and recommend next steps for dealing with them.

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