Wisdom Teeth: To Remove or Not to Remove

Young adult man smilingAre your wisdom teeth giving you trouble? Sometimes, it’s necessary for wisdom teeth (the third molars in the very back of your mouth) to be removed. If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, then read on to learn the reasons for removal from Dr. Jordan – and why for some patients, it’s not necessary. 

When wisdom teeth do NOT need to be removed

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. You are unlikely to need your wisdom teeth removed if:

  • Your wisdom teeth are healthy and cavity-free.
  • They are all fully erupted (grown in).
  • They are positioned correctly in your mouth. This means they are not at an angle, they align properly, and that they don’t interfere with your ability to bite properly.
  • Finally, they are easy to clean with normal brushing and flossing.

When wisdom teeth DO need to be removed

Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often need to be removed because in many patients:

  • Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. A partially emerged tooth is not only hard to clean, but it can also allow gum disease and oral infection to take root.
  • They crowd or damage other teeth. These teeth also often come in at an angle and disrupt a healthy bite alignment.
  • They often become impacted. This occurs with a tooth becomes trapped in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections and cysts that can damage the roots of your surrounding teeth, or even your jaw bone itself.

Are you concerned about your wisdom teeth? Then let our Cumming Georgia dentistry office help you decide what’s best for your oral health. Contact Jordan Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!

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