So, you figure your wisdom teeth will grow in just fine, that it’s an old wives’ tale that they require removal, and you have decided to just let them do their thing. For some, this will be perfectly fine. Some third molars grow in without a problem (some people don’t even have them). However, if you have problematic teeth that are growing in poorly, that develop on an angle, or that become impacted, you may end up finding that your initial decision to play it cool becomes interrupted by serious complications. Let’s examine the details.
How To Find Out If You Need Removal
There’s nothing difficult or mysterious you need to do on your own to figure out if you need your wisdom teeth removed. In fact, you don’t need to wait until something is wrong to find out that an extraction can help. All it takes is keeping up with your general dental care (preventive visits) and coming to see us if your dentist suggests it (or if you simply think a visit is a good plan). Through the use of digital imaging, a discussion, and a thorough exam, we can determine ahead of time whether it’s going to be important to remove your third molars to protect your smile.
What Happens If You Avoid Removal
For the rebel in you who thinks that the suggestion for wisdom teeth removal might not be something to pay attention to, we have some helpful details. When a tooth is a problem, it threatens your oral health in some way. When it comes to third molars, the following complications are very possible:
- If the tooth comes in but is hard for you to reach and care for, you may end up with issues like tooth decay
- If the tooth comes in partially but is on an odd angle, it can damage the already erupted teeth in your smile, leading to injury and alignment concerns
- If the tooth fails to erupt, you may deal with significant discomfort and even the development of cysts or infection
ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:
Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).