Wisdom Teeth – A Word To The Wise
Sometimes less is more. And sometimes you gain wisdom by letting wisdom go. I’m talking about your wisdom teeth, and as part of a routine dental visit, your dentist will examine you to determine if they are healthy and properly positioned. Based on the condition of your mouth, your dentist could recommend removal your wisdom teeth. They may also refer you to a specialist such as an oral surgeon to evaluate their condition and provide appropriate treatment. Every patient is different, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as pain, infection, cysts, tumors, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease, or tooth decay.
Your dentist or specialist could also recommend removal of teeth to prevent problems or for others reasons, for instance: when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan. Additionally, the condition of your mouth changes over time. Wisdom teeth that remain in the mouth should always continue to be monitored, because the potential for developing problems later on is still there. As with other health conditions, people are at greater risk for health problems as they age, and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. It is pivitol for patients to know that they should always feel free to discuss treatment plans with their dentists, particularly if they don’t understand or are unsure about the recommended treatment. Regularly scheduled dental visits are important so your dentist can evaluate not just your wisdom teeth but your overall oral health to help you prevent and manage dental disease and achieve optimal oral health moving forward.