Why Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
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Is it still a normal rite of passage to need to get your wisdom teeth removed? At Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we see teens and adults of all ages to discuss concerns related to their third molars – or wisdom teeth.
Although it’s not always necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed, here are some of the common situations that warrant a surgical extraction:
Your wisdom teeth are partially erupted.
Is a small portion of your wisdom tooth showing through the gums? It can be a challenge keeping it clean, meaning that it’s more prone to cavities. Food and plaque easily slip under the edges of your gums, where a toothbrush or floss can’t reach.
Your wisdom teeth are pushing into the next tooth.
The pressure from your wisdom teeth can lead to crowding and tooth misalignment in your mouth. If you’ve had braces, this can be a big concern.
There’s a cyst around your wisdom tooth.
When teeth erupt, they have a natural cyst that goes away once they rupture through the gums. But sometimes those cysts become infected and get larger.
Your wisdom tooth has an infection.
When your other teeth are affected by gum disease or tooth decay, we treat them in an effort to keep the tooth longer. But wisdom teeth often become re-infected because of how difficult they are to clean. Because of this, it’s better to have decaying or infected third molars extracted.
There is facial swelling.
Are you starting to notice inflammation in your jaw or up the side of your face? There could be an underlying cyst or infection you don’t know about. This would be another reason to be evaluated for an extraction procedure.
At Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we offer comfortable wisdom tooth extractions right here in our Lafayette office. Contact us today to request a consultation or ask your general dentist for a referral to our practice!