Wisdom teeth, or third molars, tend to cause problems leading to the need to remove them. When they become wedged against other teeth, they cause damage to the root, cause gum disease, swelling, and tooth decay. Typically, they grow between the ages of 17 and 26 years.
While many people go through life without any trouble about their third molars, some do. The question some adults want to ask about their wisdom tooth is, “Is it really necessary to have my third molars removed?”
The risks of surgery
Third molars are not present in every human being. When they do emerge, they end up crowding an already small oral cavity. When fully emerged, they are quite easy to clean, and can be useful in grinding hard food items such as nuts. When there is not enough room, it becomes necessary to take them out before they cause problems. Nevertheless, removal of an impacted wisdom tooth has risks.
Infection of the socket and nerve injury are some of the most common risks associated with third molar surgery. A typical medical insurance does not cover these complications. If you are lucky, you do not need to worry about these complications. Still, before agreeing to undergo the intervention, try to consider whether the benefits outweigh these risks.
Do not delay
Some people delay the removal of their wisdom teeth. Napa dentists advise against taking a long time to decide. It becomes more difficult and complicated as one gets older. A dentist will only recommend surgery if it is the best possible solution to the problem.
If you leave an impacted third molar as it is, your gums may develop cysts that cause pain and lead to infection in the gums and jaw bone. However, before you agree to a surgical solution, discuss the pros and cons with a dental surgeon, and choose the option most favorable to you.
Dentists everywhere extract wisdom teeth every day. Some of the procedures are preventive in nature. Learn as much as you can before undergoing the procedure.