When should I remove wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are teeth located all the way to the back of your mouth. Most people have a few wisdom teeth, although some lucky ones don’t have any. If you don’t have any wisdom teeth then you can go relax and not worry about reading the rest of this article. However if you do have them, then you should decide whether to keep or remove wisdom teeth as soon as possible.
It is best to decide whether or not you want to keep or remove wisdom teeth early on in life. The longer you leave problematic wisdom teeth in, the more problems and headaches you will face. However just because you have wisdom teeth doesn’t mean that you need to remove them. So who gets to keep their wisdom teeth and who needs to remove wisdom teeth? Which option is the right one for you?
Pros of having your wisdom teeth removed
There are many benefits to having your wisdom teeth removed. After all a normal adult has 32 teeth counting and getting rid of 4 wisdom teeth will not have any effect on your chewing ability whatsoever. All it does is rid of of potential problems which we are about to discuss:
It’s much easier and safer to remove wisdom teeth when you’re younger
The ideal age for to remove your wisdom teeth is in your late teens or early twenties. Aging makes it harder to remove wisdom teeth for several reasons:
- Your bones are softer and less resilient when younger, since they haven’t fused and hardened. Since aging makes your jawbone become stiffer this makes it that much harder to remove wisdom teeth for each decade of life that passes.
- When you’re younger wisdom teeth aren’t full-sized yet. Their roots haven’t fully developed yet and the teeth are small. It’s much easier to remove wisdom teeth before their full size.
- Recovery and healing times are much quicker and easier when you’re young.
Removing your wisdom teeth becomes more difficult as each decade of life passes. The older you are, the higher your risks and complications of wisdom removal surgery, plus the longer your expected recovery time.
Wisdom teeth create teeth crowding
Your wisdom teeth start to force their way out during your late teens. If your jaw is large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, they will come out with little pain but no other incidents. But if there’s not enough room for your wisdom teeth, then they have no choice but to push on adjacent teeth to try and squeeze in.
If there’s not enough room for wisdom teeth in your mouth, then they cause the rest of your teeth to move. This leads to teeth crowding. Neglecting to remove your wisdom teeth on time can cause your straight teeth to slowly become crowded over time. This is not good and it could negate all that expensive previous orthodontic treatment you so painstakingly received!
Wisdom teeth can cause lots of problems
If your wisdom teeth need to be removed, then you must remove them. Delaying the process only leads to pain and additional problems:
Wisdom teeth cause sporadic episodes of pain and swelling
Wisdom teeth directly cause pain and swelling of your gums when they’re trying to force their way out. This is typically quite painful, causing severe pain and discomfort which last for periods of 7 to 10 days.
Angled wisdom teeth cause a cavity on the adjacent tooth
Sometimes your wisdom teeth are sitting at bad angles against the adjacent tooth. This creates a cavity on the neighboring tooth. When neglected, it is not unusual to have to remove both your wisdom tooth in addition to this damaged neighboring tooth. Thus resulting in the loss of two teeth instead of just the one bad wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth can cause headaches and jaw problems
Wisdom teeth can be a major contributor to headaches and other jaw (TMJ) problems you experience in your teens and twenties. These types of headaches are particularly prevalent in younger females with badly impacted wisdom teeth. Removing your wisdom teeth can really help alleviate such symptoms and provides significant relief.