Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common types of dental extractions. Many patients are advised to have at least one wisdom tooth removed at some point in their lives. If a wisdom tooth extraction has been recommended for you and you’re on the fence about whether or not it is right for you, we’d like to invite you to consider some of the many benefits of wisdom teeth removal.
Fewer Orthodontic Issues
Wisdom teeth can cause crowding on the jawbone, which can lead to nearby teeth being pushed out of the way. If the patient has already had braces, they may notice that their teeth do not appear as straight as they used to be. In other cases, wisdom teeth eruption can cause future orthodontic treatment to become more complicated and take longer to treat. In a worst case scenario, badly emerging wisdom teeth can create a need for orthodontic treatment that didn’t exist before.
Preserve Nearby Teeth
When crowding occurs on the jawbone, nearby teeth can also become damaged. The enamel, which is the hard outer layer of the tooth that protects it from decay, can become weakened by the wisdom teeth pushing on them. The tooth roots can even become loose due to the pressure that is being applied to the teeth by the wisdom teeth.
Decrease the Risk of Tooth Decay
When wisdom teeth fully erupt out of the gums, they can be difficult for patients to reach and clean properly with a toothbrush. As a result, they can develop cavities and require fillings or extractions. Wisdom teeth are also more likely to grow in at bad angles. They can overlap a nearby tooth and create pockets for food and bacteria. The result can be decay, gum disease, and infection.
Avoid Pain & Discomfort
Patients who are able to have their wisdom teeth removed before they erupt from the gums may be able to avoid wisdom tooth pain and discomfort entirely. This is definitely a benefit of early wisdom teeth removal. For others, having their wisdom teeth removed marks the end of their discomfort. Once their healing process is complete, they will no longer have to deal with throbbing wisdom tooth pain.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Idaho
Are you looking for a dentist that provides wisdom tooth extractions? Our team at Riverstone Dental Care would be happy to assist. Contact our nearest office in either Coeur d’Alene or Post Falls to schedule an appointment!