Wisdom teeth are one of the biggest dental extractions people get in their lifetime. Many people do have to get them removed because it’s causing pain in their mouth and there’s no room for them to grow properly. But what happens if you don’t get them extracted? Are removing wisdom teeth truly necessary? At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we have the answers you need to know about everything and anything wisdom teeth! Dr. Kavanaugh and his team help educate patients on what to know about orthodontic health. We offer a wide range of comprehensive services that can help patients dealing with oral problems. If you think that you need your wisdom teeth removed, here’s what you need to know.
Why Wisdom Teeth May Need to Be Removed
- Overcrowding – Many patients do not have room for the third molars to grow in properly. If wisdom teeth do erupt, overcrowding can occur and can shift your teeth, making them crooked. Your teeth will start overlapping over each other, making it harder to clean and brush. Because you won’t be able to reach certain places to clean your teeth, you’ll be more prone to infections and dental disease. Also, if you have just completed orthodontic care, it can negate all the work that has been done to straighten your teeth.
- Impact Gums & Jaw – When wisdom teeth are impacted (meaning that they are stuck below the gum line). The wisdom tooth will put pressure on the molars, making it painful to deal with. Not only that, but the growth can shift to the jawline, interfering with the opening/closing of your jaw.
- Greater Potential for Decay & Infection – Wisdom teeth, impacted or not, are prone to decay and infection. Even if wisdom teeth grow in properly, the location can make it hard to reach to brush and floss. This can lead to an increased risk of gum disease forming.
Can Wisdom Teeth Stay?
In some cases, your wisdom teeth don’t need to be removed. Depending on what your dentist recommends, your wisdom teeth (or what’s known as your “third molars”) can stay if:
- Your teeth and gums are healthy.
- They are grown in completely (meaning that they fully erupt).
- Positioned correctly.
- Your bite is properly aligned with the opposing teeth.
- You can reach and clean them properly as a part of your daily hygiene practice.
Get Orthodontic Care Today!
If you’re thinking about getting orthodontic treatment, contact Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics today! Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how Dr. Kavanaugh and his staff can help you achieve a healthier, better-looking smile. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our Kansas City or Sedalia office. We’ll be happy to get back to you as soon as possible.