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As you probably know, many people have their wisdom teeth removed—but do you ever wonder why? While not everyone’s wisdom teeth need to be removed, wisdom teeth can cause several serious problems. Because your wisdom teeth are the last to come in—usually erupting when you’re around twenty years old—your other teeth could also be affected.

If there isn’t enough room in your mouth, your wisdom teeth could become impacted, or stuck beneath your gums. Impacted teeth can lead to irritated and swollen gums. An impacted tooth can also cause your teeth to shift, which can lead to another set of serious issues.

One common solution to these problems is extracting wisdom teeth. Generally, our team will recommend this treatment before the wisdom teeth come in. If problems with a wisdom tooth become too serious, you could find yourself facing a number of problems. For instance, your wisdom teeth can cause sinus problems and frequent headaches. If your tooth erupts incorrectly, you may be more prone to plaque and tartar buildup and gum infections.

If you’re worried about your wisdom teeth or are interested in learning more about a wisdom tooth extraction, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Daniel Cannon at 918.743.1351. We’ll be happy to examine your pearly whites and offer you personalized advice at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. We’re excited to hear from you soon!