Many adults and young adults are familiar with wisdom teeth. They are the third set of molars that grow at the back of the mouth, usually around the ages of 17 to 25. Many adults prefer to have them removed, although in some cases it really isn’t needed. There are, however, many reasons to have them removed through specialists who perform wisdom teeth extraction in Bala Cynwyd. Here are a few of them:
- They can be trapped in your gums or jawbone, which causes pain. Most of the time, wisdom teeth don’t grow the right way. Some of them are crooked, sometimes they only grow partially, and sometimes they don’t emerge at all. When the wisdom teeth’s growth is irregular it can remain trapped in the gum area, causing pain and even pushing at the adjacent teeth and damaging them.
- Pushing the adjacent teeth can also ruin the effects of dental correction. People who have had braces or retainers may find themselves needing dental correction again since their remaining teeth are pushed by the growing wisdom tooth. If this is the case, visiting the nearest Philadelphia oral surgeon will be necessary to set things right.
- Swollen gums can create pockets between the teeth, which can lead to bacteria growth. Since wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth, they are usually extremely hard to clean. If bacteria accumulates due to swollen gums you may find yourself having cavities.
- Cysts may also form around your wisdom teeth, which can eventually damage your nerves. Cyst development is probably the worst-case scenario since it can destroy the surrounding tissues, bone, and tooth roots. Undergoing oral surgery will be a must at this point.
If you are unsure about having your wisdom teeth removed, it will be best to go to a dentist, and consult them to find out if you really need one. Your dentist can give you an x-ray and refer you to local oral surgeons such as Dr. Anthony Farole, D.M.D. They can also advise you on how to take proper care of your new set of teeth, as well as check for any swelling to ensure that your teeth and gums are in perfect condition.
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