Most people will want to remove their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25. Delaying any longer than that and you risk serious complications. Dr. James Pace can assist you with wisdom tooth removal in Nashville, TN, and he can tell you all about the dangers present in delaying tooth extraction.
Damage to Other Teeth
If wisdom teeth are allowed to erupt without adequate space, then they will push directly against neighboring molars. This causes the rest of the teeth in the mouth to shift out of their normal positions, creating an unsightly appearance and crookedness. Over time, teeth can crack, and it becomes increasingly difficult to floss.
Increased Likelihood of Gum Disease
When the other teeth begin to shift, they become more difficult to brush and floss. This gives bacteria more areas to grow. Individuals with impacted wisdom teeth often suffer from periodontitis and serious oral infections as a result. Any instances of gum disease will need to be treated before our dental professional can proceed with wisdom tooth extraction.
Formation of Tumors and Cysts
Another possibility is that tumors and fluid-filled cysts will develop around the site of the impacted wisdom teeth. This occurs rarely, but when it does happen, it causes significant damage to the jawbone.
More Difficult Extraction
In the event your wisdom teeth already cause you pain, then you can expect a more difficult extraction process. When the teeth have not yet emerged, our dentist can usually maintain a firm grasp around the tooth during extraction, making it clean and easy to remove. Removing wisdom teeth in pieces complicates matters. This can lengthen the amount of time you need to spend in the dentist’s chair and lengthen the recovery period.
Do Not Delay Treatment
If you think you might have problems with your wisdom teeth they should be removed before they even begin to erupt, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Pace at Belle Meade Famliy Dentistry in Nashville, TN to get them extracted. Parents should schedule appointments for their teenagers so that they do not have to worry about the procedure later in life.