Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

It is a rare occurrence for patients to have their wisdom teeth come in correctly without any issues.  The third molars in the back of a human’s mouth, wisdom teeth normally start to emerge during the late teens or early adult years.  Unless they come in healthy and in a straight and normal position, erupting wisdom teeth come in painfully and can cause major damage to your gums.  However, there are several other reasons to get your wisdom teeth removed, especially by a reputable oral surgeon. 

One of the major reasons why wisdom teeth lead to severe pain is because of there is not enough room in a person’s mouth for them to grow, so it is best to have them removed before they cause any problems.  The following are just a few of the many issues that wisdom teeth can cause:

  • Infections. Wisdom teeth often come in poorly and get trapped inside the jawbone and are impacted, whereas other teeth normally emerge straight with no issues.  Wisdom teeth can also come in partially where the entire tooth cannot be cleaned.  This can lead to bleeding inside the gums, infections, or cysts and is usually quite painful.
  • Damage surrounding teeth. Because of the lack of room in the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth easily come in crooked and overcrowd the mouth.  This is not only painful but also will misalign your bite or damage surrounding tissue. 
  • Poor hygiene. The position of wisdom teeth makes them difficult to clean if they emerge straight.  Often, they cannot be cleaned properly, which can lead to gum disease or tooth decay. 
  • Pain. The mouth is filled with nerve endings; that is why tooth pain is so distressing.  When wisdom teeth erupt incorrectly, at an awkward angle, or cause infection, the pain is intense and very difficult to tolerate.  Therefore, it is often recommended to have wisdom teeth removed at an early age; not only will it prevent any future pain to occur, but also a younger person can heal quicker and the jawbone will regenerate faster.   

When problems with wisdom teeth occur, they happen gradually.  Over the span of a few years, they begin to grow in the back of the mouth, and they are not felt until they cause pain.  Many dentists recommend having them removed before they get to the point of fully emerging, when they can cause real problems. 

Wisdom teeth do not need to be present for a person to have good dental hygiene and lead an otherwise healthy adult life.  Over the centuries, our jawbones have gotten smaller, making all four wisdom teeth more of a hinderance than being useful. 

Of course, wisdom teeth can never erupt or can come in without any issues at all.  However, this is rare, and if anything, they may come in later in adulthood, which would make the surgery to remove them more difficult and will take longer to heal.

It is never an easy decision to elect to have surgery performed, but the advantages of having wisdom teeth removed certainly outweigh the painful and irritating disadvantages.   Having wisdom teeth removed by our oral surgeons is comfortable, and the surgery is pain-free through anesthesia.  The recovery is normally a few days, and a full healing of the jawbone and surrounding teeth should be in a few weeks. 

South Jersey Oral Surgeons at Lanzi Burke Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Provide Safe Wisdom Teeth Removal for You and Your Family

The emergence of wisdom teeth is one of the most painful experiences for anyone to endure.  However, having them removed is the best way to healthy and painless dental hygiene.  The experienced South Jersey oral surgeons at Lanzi Burke Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons can remove your wisdom teeth and get you on the road for a speedy recovery.  Reach out to us if you experience any tooth or jaw pain.  Call us today at 856-582-4222 or contact us online to make an appointment or schedule a free consultation. With offices in Washington Township, Haddonfield, and Woolwich Township, New Jersey, we are dedicated to helping patients throughout South Jersey.

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