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Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?

Man suffering from wisdom tooth pain whilst eating an apple.

Whether you’re an older adult or a teenager, wisdom teeth removal may cause some anxiety, especially if they are not causing any noticeable issues in your day-to-day life. You might be wondering why wisdom teeth removal is necessary and if it can be avoided in some circumstances. 

For specific insight into your potential need for wisdom teeth removal, consult the experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group for an assessment. Various factors may contribute to the necessary removal of wisdom teeth, even as a preventative measure, such as poor jaw alignment, sinus issues, persistent damaging cavities, and cysts. 

5 Reasons Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Necessary 

The most prevalent reason for wisdom teeth removal is pain and sensitivity. There may be additional reasons, including persistent infections near the wisdom teeth, cysts, tumors, damage to the nearby teeth, tooth decay, and gum disease. Wisdom teeth removal helps restore the neighboring teeth to full health after damage. 

Based on the shape of your mouth and the x-ray of the positioning of your teeth, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will recommend wisdom teeth extraction. The five reasons wisdom teeth removal may be necessary for you include: 

1. There May Be Damage to Nearby Teeth

Permanent teeth are affected by the eruption of wisdom teeth because typically, they cause them to shift and become painfully crowded. This may cause additional issues, including problems with your bite, overcrowding, difficulty keeping up with dental hygiene, and eventually leading to tooth decay and cavities. 

2. There May Be Damage to the Jaw 

The jaw may be sensitive to emerging wisdom teeth and cause stiffness and pain, and may slowly progress into a decline in the jaw’s range of motion and function. Additionally, if there is no space for the teeth to emerge, they may grow impacted within the jaw or jawline and cause substantial damage if left untreated. 

3. You May Be Experiencing Sinus Issues 

Wisdom teeth removal may be vital if you start to experience sinus issues such as congestion, pain, and pressure. The mouth and nose are closely connected and may impact your quality of life if wisdom teeth cause long-term sinus issues. 

4. You Are in Pain Due to Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth don’t usually cause pain. Don’t ignore any throbbing, sensitivity, or toothache as it may worsen over time. Issues related to wisdom teeth may be prevented if they are removed before symptoms impact your quality of life. 

5. Your Gums Are Inflamed 

When wisdom teeth erupt sideways or at an angle, they can make gums swell and make it hard to keep up with daily oral hygiene due to the painful throbbing and soreness. Avoiding these areas may also result in more cavities and tooth decay. 

When Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Not Necessary 

In every case, wisdom teeth removal may not always be necessary. This may include the following reasons:

  • Wisdom teeth are healthy 
  • They are fully erupted and grown in 
  • They are positioned correctly 
  • They do not negatively affect your bite 
  • They can be reached when brushing and flossing 

Speak with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon for an assessment of whether wisdom tooth removal is necessary for you. They may need to do imaging tests and consider the health of the surrounding teeth when recommending a treatment plan for you. 

Speak With Experienced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group Today 

Consult the experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group for an assessment of your wisdom teeth and the health of your surrounding teeth. To avoid potential damage to your jaw, healthy teeth, gums, and sinuses, your skilled surgeon will determine whether wisdom teeth removal is best for you. 

At Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group, Dr. Nancy Herbst offers exceptional patient care and over 25 years of experience utilizing the best techniques and innovative treatments for those suffering from impacted or emerging wisdom teeth requiring extraction. Call us at (201) 601-9262, or fill out our appointment request form today.