Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery in Bel Air
The Top Ten Health Reasons to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth
- Because there is limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt and because the surrounding gums are difficult to keep clean, infection and inflammation are common even when there are no apparent symptoms. Research shows that once inflammation takes hold, it is almost impossible to eliminate and may spread to other teeth.
- Research suggests that oral inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may contribute to preterm or low birth weight infants.
- Even when wisdom teeth erupt through the gum tissues, they rarely provide any meaningful function and are always difficult to keep clean.
- In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth develop associated cysts and/or tumors. Removal of such lesions may require extensive procedures to repair and restore jaw function and appearance.
- With age, the chance for complications related to the removal of wisdom teeth increases.
- Gum disease and inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may lead to receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.
- Wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of nearby teeth.
- Even wisdom teeth that seem to be problem-free (asymptomatic) remain a breeding ground for oral infection and inflammation. Research supports the concept that such inflammation may enter the bloodstream and contribute to the development and/or progression of a variety of diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Once it has been determined that a wisdom tooth will not successfully erupt into your mouth and be maintained in a healthy state, early removal of wisdom teeth is associated with faster and easier recovery.
- The number one reason for removing your wisdom teeth, Peace of Mind.
What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth…and why are they a Health Problem?
Impacted teeth can lead to a variety of problems including pain, infection, crowding or damage to adjacent teeth, and can contribute to more significant health problems. For example, the sac that surrounds an impacted tooth may become cystic and fill with fluid that allows it to enlarge, causing damage to adjacent tissues such as neighboring teeth, jawbone and other structures. Occasionally, a tumor may develop from the tissues surrounding the impacted tooth requiring a more involved surgical procedure to treat it.
Given that wisdom teeth rarely contribute to function in most patients, waiting for problems to develop makes their removal more difficult. As wisdom teeth develop, their roots grow longer and the jawbone becomes more dense, making them more difficult to remove and complications more apt to occur.
It is not wise to wait until your wisdom teeth start to bother you. Very often people are unaware of problems with their wisdom teeth because they experience few or no symptoms. The fact is that damage often occurs before you are aware of it. In fact, studies have found that even wisdom teeth that have broken through the tissue and erupted into the mouth in an apparently normal, upright position may be as prone to disease as impacted wisdom teeth.
Complications are impossible to predict. The longer the wisdom teeth remain in your mouth, the more likely they are to cause problems. Researchers strongly recommend that in order to prevent future problems, wisdom teeth, even those that appear problem free, be removed during early adulthood. They found that as patients age, they may be at greater risk for developing disease; including bacterial infections in the tissues surrounding the wisdom teeth and adjacent teeth. As clinical trials and other research suggest, bacteria from gum line infections can enter the bloodstream and may adversely affect your general health. They may also be a contributory factor to preterm or low birth weight infants.
Impacted wisdom teeth may become painful, and they may crowd the rest of the mouth. I recommend that you have them removed before they become a problem.
What is Bone Grafting?
Even with the best dental care, trauma or periodontal disease can cause tooth loss. The loss of bone and gum tissue following tooth removal often results in an unsightly appearance, which can affect your self confidence. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to repair bone fractures that are extremely complex, pose a significant health risk to the patient, or fail to heal properly.