Benefits of Early Removal

Your dentist or oral surgeon may advise removing the wisdom teeth before they are fully developed, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Removal of wisdom teeth in younger patients is usually easier because the roots have not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. As patients age, the risks for this procedure can increase, and anticipated healing time can be extended.

Infected wisdom tooth

Infection:

The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis, (a localized gum infection). Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.

Cyst forming around impacted wisdom tooth

Cyst Formation:

Non-infectious diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts are fluid-filled “balloons” inside the jaw bone that develop as a result of impacted teeth and slowly expand destroying adjacent jaw bone and occasionally teeth. They can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumors can be associated with the delayed removal of wisdom teeth.

Crowding of teeth due to impacted wisdom tooth

Possible Crowding:

Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable with the front teeth, primarily the lower front teeth and is most commonly seen after a patient has had braces. There are a number of factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or in early adulthood. Retained, impacted wisdom teeth may be a contributing factor. Unless you have an active problem when you see the oral surgeon, the reason for removal is primarily to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone.

Impacted wisdom tooth damaging adjacent tooth

Damage to Adjacent Teeth:

If there is inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.

For more information about Benefits of Early Removal or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hribernik or Dr. Gray, call our St. Louis office at St. Louis Office Phone Number (314) 842-4699 or our Festus, MO office at Festus Office Phone Number (636) 931-4699, or use our Online Contact Form.

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