Wisdom tooth 101: When should you have it extracted?
Wisdom tooth removal is nearly a rite de passage to adulthood. But wisdom teeth have had a bad reputation, causing excruciating pain when they begin to grow or when they start to move other teeth out of their place. However, not all wisdom teeth bring pain.
One has the option not to get their wisdom teeth taken if they are healthy and have grown completely. When wisdom teeth are situated correctly, not causing any problems with one’s bite, and are regularly cleaned as part of the daily dental hygiene routine, they can stay. Dr. Kami Hoss, DDS, MS, says that wisdom teeth are third molars growing at the very back of the mouth. If they remain hidden in the gums, they might not erupt properly and cause infections as they get trapped and impacted within the jaw.
When wisdom teeth fail to emerge fully through the gums, they may be difficult to see and clean, which may develop a track that could carry the potential to draw bacteria resulting to oral infection and gum disease. Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough space to grow completely can crowd and injure nearby teeth.
For Dr. Kami Hoss, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary when they start to cause pain. These include changes in the teeth and the surrounding area as well as perpetual infection of soft tissue at the back of the lower last tooth, fluid-filled sacs or cysts, damage to neighboring teeth, gum disease, tumors, and extensive tooth decay. But before deciding whether to undergo the procedure or not, it’s best for one to consult with a dentist they trust.
Dr. Kami Hoss, DDS, MS, is an accomplished orthodontist, inventor, and commercial real estate investor. He co-founded The Super Dentists with his wife Dr. Nazil Keri. In addition, he is the chief executive of Acceledontics and Howard Healthcare Academy. Head over to this blog for similar reads.