Wisdom teeth can cause serious problems, which is why we recommend that many people should have them removed. We would love it if you could keep all your teeth for life, but sometimes it’s better to remove a small problem to avoid bigger issues in the long run.
What Wisdom Teeth Are
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, which are the larger, flatter teeth in the back of your mouth. These teeth are used to chew and grind food into smaller pieces so it can be digested more easily. Wisdom teeth typically erupt later than other teeth. Generally, they come in when people are in their late teens or 20s.
Why They Cause Problems
Unfortunately, many people’s jaws are not large enough for their wisdom teeth to emerge correctly. This can cause these teeth to become impacted. That can put pressure on neighboring teeth. This can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and painful infections.
How Removal Helps
By taking out these teeth, you can avoid the effects of having those teeth push into the rest of your smile. This can prevent the problems mentioned above, so you can enjoy better oral health during your life.
With regular dental exams, we can monitor the development of wisdom teeth, so we can identify potential problems early. By addressing this situation sooner rather than later, you or someone you love can avoid the consequences of impacted teeth.