Did you know that wisdom teeth extraction could substantially improve your oral health and reduce your risks for disease? Wisdom teeth extraction has a number of surprising benefits, many of which could pay off later on in life. Our oral surgeon provides excellent care to patients in need of wisdom teeth removal.
Keeping your wisdom teeth could lead to developing conditions like TMJ disorder and frequent headaches that can negatively impact your quality of life. Wisdom teeth retention also increases the risk for destructive diseases like tooth decay and periodontal (gum disease).
How does wisdom teeth extraction prevent tooth decay?
When our wisdom teeth emerge, they tend to crowd our mouth. Our existing teeth may become very crooked, twisted, and overlapped. Misaligned teeth affect our ability to thoroughly clean them and the gums. Inadequate oral hygiene will lead to plaque and tartar buildup, which weakens teeth by damaging tooth enamel while also exposing the softer layers of teeth to cavity-causing bacteria.
Can keeping my wisdom teeth contribute to gum disease?
One big concern with wisdom tooth retention is that patients will have higher risks for gum disease. The risk for gum disease is heightened because wisdom teeth tend to partially erupt, which means that food, surface debris, and bacteria can accumulate under the gingiva around wisdom teeth. Higher risks for gum disease also occur because crowding associated with wisdom tooth arrival makes it difficult to keep teeth clean.
Gum disease is a destructive condition that can cause serious oral health issues like tooth loss and bone deterioration. Treating advanced gum disease can be costly and time-consuming, too. This is why oral healthcare professionals emphasize preventive measures like dental cleanings, routine checkups, proper oral hygiene, and wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom teeth removal is a great way to safeguard your oral health and improve your quality of life. If your dentist has recommended that you have wisdom teeth extraction, call Jackson Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon.