WISDOM TEETH AND PERIODONTAL HEALTH
The Importance of Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Early removal of impacted wisdom teeth by an experienced oral surgeon results in an improved periodontal prognosis on the adjacent teeth. With years of experience in removing wisdom teeth on people of all ages, we have known for years that keeping the wisdom teeth often leads to periodontal problems on the adjacent teeth that in many cases are not reversible. Many people keep their impacted wisdom teeth because they “are not causing any problems.” As an oral surgeon, I have seen that the truth is that keeping the wisdom teeth results in an increase in periodontal problems because germs and debris will often start coming in around the adjacent teeth as the wisdom teeth are erupting. These areas are often difficult or impossible to keep clean with normal brushing and flossing. This is often a silent process and can lead to periodontal disease and even decay on the adjacent teeth.
The Risks of Waiting and Seeing
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the furthest back teeth in the mouth. They are often impacted. Even when they erupt, they present a cleansing challenge which may lead to gum disease or other infectious problems on the teeth. When impacted, this problem is often magnified. Removal of wisdom teeth by an oral surgeon is typically an easy procedure with few problems. It is best done at an earlier age. As an oral surgeon, I encourage patients to get them out in their teens. As an adult, the difficulty with removal and risks typically increases. If you still have your wisdom teeth, have them evaluated by an oral surgeon. Do not fall into the trap of “waiting and seeing” if they are going to cause a problem. This approach shows a lack of wisdom.
Experienced Oral Surgeon in Milwaukee
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J Oral Maxillofac Surg 71:1639-1646, 2013
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