Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that will grow into your mouth. While some people don’t experience problems with this final set of chompers, others need to have them pulled for health reasons. Here, the surgeons at Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD and Martinsburg, West Virginia explain why wisdom teeth removal may be necessary—and how you can know if it’s a must-do for you.
Risks of Wisdom Teeth
When wisdom teeth grow in, they may come in crookedly or crowd existing teeth, causing them to shift out of place. This can cause misalignment and lead to problems chewing and talking. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t crowding, your dentist may still recommend consulting a surgeon about removal for hygienic reasons. Since they are located far back in the mouth, it can be tough to brush and floss properly, increasing your chance for cavities and gum disease.
Signs It’s Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth
You might feel pain in the jawbone or teeth, or even discomfort radiating from the ears down. Swelling, inflammation, or bad breath could all indicate an infection. In more severe cases, cysts may develop around the new tooth. The best way to confirm if you need to remove your wisdom teeth is to visit a dental professional. They can conduct an oral exam and take x-rays to confirm whether you would benefit from this operation.
If you do require wisdom teeth removal, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon—like the professionals at Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. These specialists have surgical experience and certifications, so they can make professional suggestions about after-care for the best experience possible. They have locations in Frederick, Hagerstown and Martinsburg. To request a consultation, call the location nearest you: (301) 733-2500 (Hagerstown), (301) 694-0870 (Frederick), or (304) 263-0091 (Martinsburg).