When it comes down to it, the last thing a person wants to do is part ways with one or more of their natural teeth. In fact, extraction is one of the last options we consider, but sometimes it may be necessary to address a major concern. Though restorative dentistry can help address infections and damage to varying degrees, there comes a point where an issue is so severe that no amount of restorative care can help. In times such as these, your next best bet is extraction. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO dentist discusses why we opt for extraction when it comes to your wisdom teeth, as well as what you can expect from treatment.
Crowding Other Structures
Whether you are aware of it or not, your wisdom teeth are considered to be the least important teeth in your smile. Every other tooth is essential for bite function, structural integrity, and more, whereas your wisdom structures are ones that we have evolved past.
Indeed, your third molars are of no concern when they erupt properly save for making your mouth feel overcrowded. Where the problem occurs, however, is when they cause crowding to the point that you experience pain and difficulty performing routine tasks. Moreover, the overcrowding can contribute to a less-secure structural integrity of your teeth, leading to a higher possibility of experiencing displacement.
If your wisdom teeth overcrowd other teeth as well, it creates little pockets where teeth overlap that oral bacteria like to nestle in to thrive. To learn more about this process and how our team can help, give us a call today.
Failure to Erupt or Erupt Properly
Another instance in which our team would recommend a dental extraction is if your wisdom teeth fail to erupt properly. These structures begin to make themselves known anywhere from early puberty to late adolescence. Due to the nature of their placement, they experience a high risk of failing to erupt properly or becoming impacted.
When your third molars become impacted, this contributes to significant pain and discomfort, in addition to a higher chance of experiencing infection. Having the structures removed can prove beneficial in reducing this risk. Contact our team to learn more.
Avoiding Damage to Your Oral Health
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, your wisdom teeth are more likely to give you trouble than they are to develop normally. If they do develop normally, there is nothing wrong with leaving the structures intact. For the majority of people, however, this is not the case. Consult with your dentist to learn about your options for treatment.
Schedule Your Appointment
To learn more about your options for wisdom tooth extraction and the need for such treatment, contact Delightful Dental Care in Lake Orion, MI by calling 816-942-7669 and schedule your next appointment with our office today.