Most people develop their wisdom teeth during their late teens or early adulthood. Wisdom teeth are also known as your back molars. They are the teeth that will get bigger after losing all the baby teeth. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed because complications could arise if they do not. But, some aren’t required to have their wisdom teeth removed since they grow in the same way as the rest of their teeth. If you suspect that wisdom teeth are beginning to grow, it is recommended to visit the dentist to find out what options you have and the best way to take the next step in removal. But What is the outcome if you don’t get rid of the wisdom teeth? What are they going to stay in?
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth constitute the final teeth in the arch of teeth. The majority of patients have four of them, and usually emerge around the age of 18. However, the eruption process of wisdom teeth is usually complex. A lot of patients do not have enough room in their dental arches to allow the molars to emerge which is why they end up coming out in the wrong way (sometimes just partially) or aren’t able to come out completely (they are affected, meaning that they’re stuck inside the jawbone).
Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
A dentist can tell you whether or not it is necessary to have wisdom teeth removed. The process is simple; this procedure to remove wisdom teeth is not uncommon. We perform the procedure in a dental office. Then you are free to depart on the same day. We recommend taking some time off, if you can, to treat any discomfort or soreness while your gums heal. Itchy and painful gums are typical, but they will go away in several days if you take proper care. Cold compresses, pain medication, and avoiding food items that contain solids will ease. The majority of patients return to normal activities in less than one week.
Wisdom Teeth Complications
Although getting rid of your wisdom teeth can appear like a hassle, it could become more difficult if you don’t address the problem. Here are a few issues that may occur if you do not get the wisdom teeth removed.
- Cysts: If the wisdom tooth does not pass through completely, this can cause an enlargement of the cyst. It can cause bone damage or gums, leading to more problems for your mouth.
- Infection: Wisdom teeth are only partially formed. The gum flap typically covers the teeth. This flap functions as a trap for debris and bacteria. Since the area is difficult to access using a toothbrush, this trap for dental plaque creates a painful infection known as “pericoronitis.” Pericoronitis is the most common cause of most feared third molar pain, and those who’ve experienced it have seen how fortunate they were to stop it.
- Damage to adjacent teeth: In some cases, due to the lack of space for wisdom teeth, they emerge horizontally, and the crown is aimed toward adjacent teeth. When the molars are trying to pop out in a straight line, they apply pressure on the second molars, which could cause damage to their structure.
- Crooked teeth: Another result of this force applied from wisdom teeth seeking to pop out is the misalignment of the front teeth.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: If wisdom teeth become impacted they can be trapped beneath the gum line. Wisdom teeth that are impacted can be extremely uncomfortable and could be susceptible to infection and abscess. Impactions can lead to decay and the resorption in healthy teeth. Sometimes when wisdom teeth are not properly monitored their growth can move in a parallel direction to the line of your jaw. They could also shift backwards and ultimately cause problems with closing and opening of your jaw.