12 Oct Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Some dentists may recommend extracting a wisdom tooth, even if it’s not hurting you. But do you really need to undergo surgery to remove it? GPA Dental explains all.
Why Have Them Removed
There is a chance that your wisdom teeth will grow in normally, and it can be cleaned and kept for a lifetime. However, up to 90 percent of people will have impacted wisdom teeth. This is when there isn’t enough space for the tooth to grow in properly. With regular check-ups and X-rays, your dentist will be able to advise if and when you should have your wisdom teeth removed. This is typically between age 17 and 26.
Avoid Major Dental Troubles
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause irritation or infection of the gums and decay. It may also make your front teeth crowded, and can damage or infect neighbouring teeth due to the difficulty in reaching and cleaning this area of the mouth and gums.
When Problems Are Asymptomatic
Many people experience pain, discomfort or other symptoms related to their wisdom teeth. However, problems with your wisdom teeth can occur even if you don’t feel pain. This is why it’s important to visit a dentist for regular cleanings and examinations.
Potentially Swift Recovery Time
Extraction is a quick procedure, and the recovery time may be relatively quick as well. Be sure to follow your dentist’s care instructions for wisdom tooth recovery. Many dentists believe you can be back to normal within just a few days, as long as you keep your mouth clean, eat the right foods and relax while you heal.