You may not be used to drinking your breakfast. But you will be after getting your wisdom teeth removed. As painful as it is, wisdom teeth removal is good for your overall health. And there are many reasons. To help understand why, we’re highlighting the 4 most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal.
So how do you know when you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out?
To Prevent Pain
Most often, they need to be removed when they’re impacted. They’re stuck in some way, and can’t come in like the rest of your teeth. Sometimes, they’re sideways. For whatever reason, whether it’s physical, genetic, or otherwise, wisdom teeth commonly suffer from impaction.
You’re better off when your impacted wisdom teeth are discovered early. However, most people don’t notice there’s a problem until the pain starts. Once it does, your best – and quickest – way to relieve the pain is wisdom teeth removal.
To Divert Disease
An impacted wisdom tooth makes the teeth next to it more vulnerable. It’s hard to keep the area clean. And that can lead to gingival inflammation.
Even worse, periodontal pockets (spaces between gum and root, kind of like a turtleneck sweater with a stretched-out neck) can form around the roots of the neighboring tooth. When that happens, your once-healthy tooth is in danger.
Sounds like a good reason for wisdom teeth removal.
To Curtail Cavities
It’s easy to get cavities on impacted wisdom teeth and neighboring molars, since it’s harder to brush them. You’ll end up with plaque accumulation and, eventually, cavities that need to be filled. Removing your wisdom teeth lets you clean your healthy molars more easily.
To Inhibit Infection
There’s a big word here: pericoronitis. That’s the name for an infection around the crown of an impacted molar – underneath the surface of your gums. Ouch.
If unchecked, pericoronitis can lead to fever and/or jaw muscle spasms (trismus). And, even if the infection subsides, you’re still vulnerable to re-infection because the cause hasn’t been removed.
That’s the best reason for wisdom teeth removal that we can think of.
After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.