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If your wisdom teeth aren't hurting you, but your dentist has suggested possibly taking them out, you might want to consider whether you really want to. For many people, the removal of wisdom teeth is almost standard practice, with the procedure being performed on many young adults and teenagers. However, this might not really be necessary unless it is an emergency. In addition, in many older adults the procedure is much more difficult, more likely to cause nerve damage, and takes longer to recover from. Given all this, you should carefully weigh the following when deciding whether you should have your wisdom teeth removed.
An Ounce of Prevention
A legitimate argument can be made that just because your wisdom teeth aren't bothering you now doesn't mean you don't have a problem with them. They might be impacted. This means they are unable to get through your jaw and gum tissue and into your mouth. If this is because your wisdom teeth are growing at an odd angle, they could easily damage the teeth next to them.
This is why many dentists choose to remove otherwise healthy molars. If you're going to do this, it's best to do it when you're young and the procedure is more easily performed. Waiting until you're older can result in heavy bleeding, broken teeth and even nerve damage resulting in numbness or loss of jaw mobility. While these side effects can be temporary, they can also last for the rest of your life.
When Is Removal Necessary
When your wisdom teeth are definitely causing you problems (or dental x-rays indicate that they might when you are older) it's a good idea to have them removed. A few other good reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed include:
Avoiding Damage: Your molars can place pressure on your other teeth, resulting in bite problems and serious mouth pain.
Jaw Injury: Frequently, cysts can develop around your wisdom teeth. If left untreated, the result can be damage to your jaw and nerves.
Sinus Problems: Surprisingly, if you have problems with your wisdom teeth, they can also lead to sinus pressure, congestion and pain.
Swollen Gums: The gum tissue around your wisdom teeth can swell up and create hard-to-reach pockets between your teeth. This allows for the growth of bacteria and the development of tooth decay.
Alignment: If your wisdom teeth become impacted, this can spoil the effects produced by bridges, braces, crowns or partial dentures. Removing your wisdom teeth will help protect these investments.
For more information about the procedure, contact a company like Larchmont Dental Arts LLC.