Many of you hear your dentist saying that you need to get your third molar teeth(Wisdom Teeth) removed, and you might have wondered “why should I get my wisdom teeth removed while they don’t hurt at all?” while many of the third molar teeth are prone to get infected, in addition to causing other dental problems, they do not need to be extracted, unless they are causing a problem. Let’s have a look at the various conditions in which the extraction of a third molar tooth becomes necessary.
When Do You Need To Have Your Third Molar Teeth Extracted?
- Infections/ Cavities – since they are positioned right at the back of the mouth, it becomes difficult for people to brush them, as well as the adjacent teeth properly. As a result, they are prone to get infected with tooth cavities, and may even also infect their adjacent teeth if optimal oral hygiene is ignored. As a result, it might be better to have them extracted, rather than risking the infection of neighboring teeth too.
- Impactions – a tooth is said to have been impacted if it fails to fully erupt above the gum line. Unfortunately, the third molars are among the most commonly impacted teeth within the mouth. A partial or complete impaction of the third molars interferes with proper cleaning of the area, thereby resulting in the frequent and persistent inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the impacted third molar, a condition known as Pericoronitis.
- Possibility of Tooth Crowding – tooth crowding occurs when there is less available space in the jaw bone for the eruption of teeth in proper alignment. For the correction of crowded teeth, dentists extract wisdom teeth from both sides to create room for the other teeth to be re-aligned with the help of orthodontic treatment.
- Possibility of Jaw Fracture – due to their posterior position, third molar teeth sometimes exert excessive forces onto the jaws and may result in their spontaneous fracture. If the dentist observes on the radiograph that there is very less bone available between the tooth and the jaw, he or she may choose to extract the wisdom tooth.
Best Age for Third Molar Teeth Extraction?
What is the best age to get wisdom teeth extracted? Although there is no specific age before the third molar teeth must be extracted, dentists often prefer to remove them during an age of 17-24. The reason behind is that at this age, the root formation of the 3rd molars is not complete, and they are not fully embedded within the jaw bone yet. Therefore the dentist will face minimum complications during the surgery at this age. However, if necessary, wisdom tooth removal can be carried out at any age.
What You Can Do To Avoid Third Molar Teeth Extractions?
- Oral Hygiene Maintenance – if an optimal oral hygiene is maintained in the region of third molar teeth, the chances of development of tooth cavities and infections, such as pulpits, peri-apical granulomas or cysts, are minimized greatly.
- Have A Balanced Diet – In addition to maintaining a diet rich in nutrients and essential vitamins, avoiding frequent intake of sticky foods, or rinsing your mouth immediately after their intake can go a long way in ensuring that not only your third molar teeth, but also the other ones remain healthy and free from infections.
- Visiting Your Dentist Regularly – most dental infections not even become visible, until they have caused some serious damage. Therefore, you should regularly visit your dentist to get their teeth, especially the third molar teeth examined for any signs of abnormalities. Your dentist may order some radiographs of your wisdom teeth so as to observe the detailed condition of the teeth.
It becomes evident from the discussion that not every wisdom tooth needs to be taken out. In fact, if you take good care of teeth, you may never have to get them extracted at all! Call us now at 905-597-1518 and get your third molar teeth examined by our experienced and highly qualified dental team.