What happens if you leave wisdom teeth in too long?
The wisdom teeth, which are also known as the third molars, are the teeth that develop last in the mouth. They are notorious for becoming problematic for many patients due to their late eruption and increased risk of impaction due to overcrowding. At Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, our team of professionals can educate you on the status of your wisdom teeth and whether or not wisdom tooth removal is necessary.
What happens if you do not remove impacted wisdom teeth?
Impacted third-molar teeth can cause a variety of problems if they are left untreated. Jaw pain, infection, damage to other teeth, and cyst formation are some potential risks associated with not removing an impacted wisdom tooth. If these issues go untreated for too long, they could have more serious consequences, such as nerve or bone damage or even the need for corrective facial surgery. This is why a dental evaluation to check the position of wisdom teeth is encouraged as you age to determine if removal is necessary.
What if my wisdom teeth have already emerged?
If your wisdom teeth are already above the gum line and have not become impacted, you can keep them with proper maintenance. Regular brushing and correct flossing are key to keeping your wisdom teeth healthy, as well as scheduling regular dental check-ups for cleanings and monitoring of the area. However, if the position of your wisdom teeth causes crowding or overlapping of other teeth, or if their position makes them difficult to brush and floss properly, they may need to be removed to maintain a healthy smile and reduce the risk of developing disease or cavities in the teeth or surrounding teeth.
How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Working with an experienced dentist in the East Gwillimbury, ON, area is the first step in getting a thorough evaluation and discussing possible treatments with a provider. Our team is available to educate you about your options. If you are interested in booking an appointment, call (365) 659-1008 to request an upcoming meeting at the office in East Gwillimbury at 181 Green Lane East, Suite #2.
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