Most people in their late teens or early twenties have their wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars, removed. These teeth emerge naturally sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. They either come in without any problems or they can severely impact the teeth and mouth. Most dentists recommend a wisdom tooth removal procedure because they can cause extreme pain if grown in a bad placement in the mouth such as clashing with other teeth, inside the gums, and many more.
If wisdom teeth have emerged and are outside the gums, they can be extracted like any tooth. However, if they are grown inside the gums, dental surgery is recommended. There are also a bunch of other reasons why wisdom teeth should be extracted.
Here are some ways to determine if your wisdom teeth should be removed by a Calgary dentist.
1. If You Are Undergoing a Calgary Dentist Orthodontic Treatment Like Invisalign or Braces
When getting orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign, it is important that the wisdom teeth, especially those which haven’t emerged from the gums yet, are determined so that they won’t have a chance to disrupt the process. Wisdom teeth should be removed before the braces or Invisalign treatment if their position directly affects the treatment.
For example, they should be removed if your orthodontic treatment requires molar distalization (molar teeth to be moved). Also, if your wisdom tooth is causing your second molar to collapse or tilt sideways, it should be extracted in order to straighten the second molar. Lastly, if the dental X-ray or digital scan shows that your wisdom teeth are impacted therefore causing problems for your teeth, they should definitely be removed first.
In conclusion, the removal of wisdom teeth solely depends on their position or condition and there is actually no fixed rule on whether they should be removed first before undergoing orthodontic treatment. It is highly recommended that you listen to a Calgary dentist regarding their assessment and examination of your teeth.
2. Your wisdom teeth are impacted and should be removed by a Calgary dentist
Wisdom teeth that have not grown out from the gums usually result in painfully swollen, red gums. If they do not grow out, they may damage the adjacent tooth roots, resulting in swelling. There are also a variety of reasons why this happens but wisdom tooth extraction is highly recommended to solve the problem.
3. Diseases in the Gums
Since wisdom teeth can grow out in ways that are not favourable, these partial eruptions may form an opening in which certain bacteria may enter. These can cause infections that may result in pain, stiffness in the jaw, swelling, and other illnesses. Because they can grow in a location that is hard to reach, the awkward positioning makes it hard to brush and floss, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
4. Sinus Problems
If the wisdom teeth grow in the upper jaw, they can cause a variety of sinus problems. The teeth and the roots may push against the sinuses, putting pressure which may then result in several sinus problems such as a runny nose, headaches, pain in between the eyes, congestion, and many more. If such issues persist, wisdom teeth extraction is highly recommended.
5. Jaw Problems
Wisdom teeth grow in the back of the mouth. If properly aligned, they can actually help the mouth’s overall integrity. However, most cases report that they are misaligned, which can result in jaw-related problems. Consult an affordable Calgary dentist to determine if the wisdom teeth are the reasons for the jaw pain and if so, wisdom teeth extraction should be carried out.
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, visit McCall Dental for a thorough dental assessment and examination to determine if your wisdom teeth should be removed. Feel free to contact us at 587-747-0888 to request an appointment! Our team would gladly welcome you and assist you with your dental care needs. We look forward to seeing you!