Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are a normal part of life … and a potential problem.

Wisdom teeth often fail to erupt and become impacted, causing infection and possible damage to adjacent teeth and bone. This is usually a problem for young adults, but adults of any age may experience problems from impacted wisdom teeth.

It’s best to remove wisdom teeth in the teen years to prevent future problems and while there’s a lower risk of complications.

Top ten reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed*

  • Limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt can lead to infection and inflammation that can spread to other teeth.
  • Oral inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may contribute to preterm birth or low birth weight infants.
  • Fully erupted wisdom teeth rarely provide meaningful use and are difficult to keep clean.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth may develop associated cysts and/or tumors that could require extensive procedures to remove and repair jaw function and appearance.
  • Chance of complications related to the removal of wisdom teeth increases with age.
  • Gum disease and inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may lead to receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.
  • Full eruption of wisdom teeth may lead to crowding of nearby teeth.
  • Even wisdom teeth that seem to be problem-free remain a breeding ground for oral infection and inflammation. This inflammation can enter the bloodstream and contribute to the development or progression of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Wisdom teeth removed at an early age allows for easier and faster recovery

*American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons