If you have impacted wisdom teeth, removing them can be a proactive way to ensure the best scenario for your overall smile. Here are four common side-effects that we see from fully or partially-impacted third molars:
Pressure and Discomfort
Wisdom tooth pain is the primary reason why people seek out care. The pressure of erupting wisdom teeth — especially when there’s a lack of space in the jaw — can be compounded by infection or developmental cysts. Discomfort may come and go over several months, but chronic irritation usually will not resolve on its own.
Damage to Adjacent Teeth
Any time you have a wisdom tooth that’s pushing into the roots of its neighbor, you run the risk of permanent damage to that tooth. Depending on the scenario, the neighboring tooth’s roots may start to resorb (shrink). In the end, the life expectancy of your other tooth may be inhibited.
As impacted wisdom teeth push forward, they exert pressure on the other teeth in your mouth. Gradually this chain reaction of forceful pressure can lead to changes in your overall tooth alignment (which is a significant concern if you’ve already been through orthodontic treatment.) The first place you’ll notice side-effects will probably be in your lower front teeth, with mild crowding or overlapping developing over a period of months.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
If your wisdom teeth are partially-erupted, the portion that’s visible above the gumlines is extremely difficult to keep clean. Even with everyday brushing and flossing, partially-erupted wisdom teeth tend to be highly susceptible to cavities and periodontal infections. Removing them is usually best.
Ellis County Impacted Wisdom Teeth Consultation
Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery provides comprehensive wisdom tooth consultations and removal. Reserve a consultation with us today.