The wisdom teeth are the molars farthest back in the jaw and typically erupt from the gums between the ages 17 and 25. Though these teeth can emerge properly, they more often than not cause complications. In many cases, the best solution is to simply remove them. Some of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:
Often, patients do not have enough room in their jaw to support an extra set of molars.
Overcrowding cannot only affect the appearance of your smile but the alignment of your bite. In addition, overcrowded teeth are more difficult to clean and can harbor bacteria.
An impacted tooth cannot erupt through the gum line due to blockage by other teeth. This can result in pain and infection if bacteria become trapped beneath the gums.
Eruption at the wrong angle
If a wisdom tooth does not come straight up out of the gums, it can push neighboring teeth out of alignment and damage their structural integrity.
If a wisdom tooth or the surrounding gum tissue is infected, it can cause long-term damage to nearby teeth or even bone tissue. Infection can easily spread from one area of your smile to another and require extensive restorative treatment.
Your doctor can thoroughly examine your smile to determine whether you would benefit from wisdom teeth removal.
Impacted wisdom tooth
An impacted wisdom tooth can damage adjacent healthy teeth.