If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, then you will develop wisdom teeth. These third molars are located in the back of your mouth and they are the last teeth to erupt. You may think that you don’t need to undergo the procedure of wisdom teeth extraction if your teeth are impacted (under the gum line) and aren’t showing any signs of problems. However, even impacted teeth can cause a lot of damage to your oral health, including the following:
- Just because your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems doesn’t mean that they won’t in the future. It is better to have them removed when you are young because you will heal more quickly and are less likely to experience complications than one who is older.
- Impacted wisdom teeth can press up against the other teeth in your mouth. This action not only causes pain, but it can also damage these teeth.
- Even though they are under the gum line, impacted wisdom teeth are still susceptible to dental problems like cavities, periodontal disease, and abscess.
- An impacted tooth can develop a cyst, a fluid sac that damages the jaw tissue. In rarer cases, a tumor can develop in the jaw bone that causes it to fracture.
If you want to keep your mouth healthy for years to come, then prevent these problems by having your wisdom teeth removed. Call Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today to schedule an appointment.