According to dental professionals, the best time to remove wisdom teeth is between the ages of 18 and 24, before the roots have fully formed. The extraction of wisdom teeth in older people complicates the surgical procedure, with potential complications such as nerve damage.
Signs and Symptoms of Wisdom Tooth Issues
The following symptoms and signs might occur if an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected or damages other teeth:
Cavities are more likely to develop in wisdom teeth that are impacted. Because they’re embedded in the gums, they’re more difficult to reach with your toothbrush and floss. Another issue is that microbes are likely to become trapped in the area around the wisdom teeth, especially if a pocket has formed in the gums. Periodontal pockets are deep gaps between the gums and teeth that serve as a home for bacteria colonies. Wisdom teeth can also increase the risk of gum disease and put pressure on the adjacent second molars, causing enamel deterioration.
If your wisdom teeth erupt after you’ve been wearing braces, they can undermine your orthodontic treatment by causing other teeth to shift. A wisdom tooth that remains embedded in the gum can cause a cyst around the roots. or crown, causing soft tissue and bone damage. Dental cysts can go undetected for months or even years as they erode away at the jaw bone. In some cases, people do not realise they have a dental cyst until their jaw eventually breaks due to bone weakening.
In some cases, wisdom teeth grow at an incorrect angle. A crooked wisdom tooth can permanently damage neighboring teeth and cause a misaligned bite function. Wisdom tooth problems can have a negative impact on your overall health, causing headaches as infection spreads to the brain – a potentially fatal condition. Infection caused by a wisdom tooth can spread to other parts of your body, causing harm to vital organs such as the lungs or heart.
Wisdom teeth are extracted by dental surgeons as a preventive measure or to correct problems caused by how the teeth erupted.
Wisdom teeth that have fully emerged can be extracted relatively easily by simply pulling them out with forceps. Misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth may necessitate the removal of each tooth bit by bit, a gum incision, and bone drilling.
Wisdom tooth removal will require either a local anaesthetic (possibly with sedation) or a general anaesthetic, depending on the difficulty of the procedure. The time it takes to recover from wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person. It also depends on the complexity of the procedure, the type of anesthesia used, and how much damage the problem has caused to the rest of your mouth.
If you are thinking about having your wisdom teeth extracted, visit Acme Dental Lounge for any wisdom tooth surgery.
If you wait longer than early adulthood to have your wisdom teeth extracted, the complications and risks of the procedure, including nerve damage, are likely to increase. Recovery will also be more difficult.