Actually, not everyone has to get wisdom teeth removed (are you surprised to hear this from a dental office?). Some people are graced with properly aligned wisdom teeth that do not affect other teeth in your mouth. However, this is not the case for most patients. Wisdom teeth that erupt sideways, remain trapped below the gum, or partially emerge from the gum can cause some major problems, including:
- Infections! Extra bacteria can build up around partially erupted teeth, contributing to infections.
- Poor Alignment! Wisdom teeth that grow in sideways can push other teeth around, messing up alignment.
- Tumors and Cysts (In Serious Cases)! Sometimes, tumors and cysts can form around wisdom teeth that are trapped or impacted. This can destroy the jawbone and lead to tooth loss down the line!
Scheduling a simple examination with Dr. Goehring is extremely important in finding out if your wisdom teeth should be removed. Our experienced dentist can decipher the correct plan of action for you from his many years of practicing dentistry. The biggest mistake you can make is to avoid an examination because you think your wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Just because you don’t feel pain in your wisdom teeth, doesn’t mean they don’t have to be removed. Wisdom teeth that are pain-free may not be problem-free. The biggest problem with wisdom teeth is that they are often not cleaned properly, causing infection. They are especially hard to clean when they are partially emerged, and impossible to clean when impacted.
Contact our Austin office today to set up an examination with Dr. Goehring. Don’t let wisdom teeth become your forgotten teeth; there could be terrible consequences for that.