Wisdom teeth or our third molars, serve no functional purpose, yet they tend to cause oral health problems. That’s why many individuals and dental professionals recommend the removal of wisdom teeth before they become a problem. (1)
Common Reasons for the Removal of Wisdom Teeth
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth erupt misaligned or don’t fully erupt, they are considered “impacted.” Those with impacted wisdom teeth often experience problems, so many professionals recommend the removal of wisdom teeth that are impacted. Early removal of wisdom teeth can prevent damage to nearby teeth, bone, and tissue that may be affected by misaligned teeth under the gum line.
- Wisdom Tooth Infection: Impacted wisdom teeth can provide an opening that allows bacteria and food particles to accumulate, which can lead to infection. If you notice one or more of your wisdom teeth are regularly becoming infected, you may want to consider removal of wisdom teeth sooner rather than later.
- Preventive Reasons: If you’d prefer to avoid the many problems that often come with wisdom teeth, your dental professional may agree that removal of wisdom teeth is your best bet. According to The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), approximately 85 percent of people need to have their wisdom teeth removed.
The removal of wisdom teeth is often an effective way for avoiding or treating problems associated with wisdom teeth. Either way, it’s best to consult with a dental professional for a recommendation based on your particular symptoms.