Wisdom Teeth: Why Do I Need Them Removed?

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MINT HILL, NC – Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, are the last set of teeth that grow into the mouth. These teeth can appear around 16 to 24 years of age. Due to many contributing factors, such as changes in genetics and diet, the human mouth has evolved over time, becoming smaller. This has led to the lack of space for all 32 teeth and can cause these teeth to become impacted under gum tissue and bone. Therefore, many dentists recommend extraction of these teeth to prevent bigger issues as a result. Here are the top complications when keeping your wisdom teeth.

  1. Inflammation and Infection: Wisdom teeth can easily trap plaque and bacteria causing infection and inflammation.
  2. Formation of Cysts: Malposition of the 3rd molars can lead to the development of cysts and tumors that can require surgery as a resolution.
  3. Gum Disease: Inability to keep these teeth and the gums around them clean can cause gum disease. The bacteria under the gums can then travel to other parts of the mouth and body.
  4. Damage to Neighboring Teeth: Especially if impacted, the wisdom teeth can contribute to decay on adjacent teeth.

If you or someone you know thinks they need to have their wisdom teeth removed, call our office at (704) 486-4189 or visit our website at www.dawsonmoderndentistry.com to schedule a complimentary consultation. Removing these molars before they cause damage can help prevent larger and more expensive issues in the future. In our next article, we will discuss dental trauma and what to do during a dental emergency.

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Ashley Dawson
Dr. Ashley Dawson is a general dentist and practice owner of Dawson Modern Dentistry (DMD) located in Mint Hill, NC. Dr. Dawson has taken a different approach to dental visits through the use of technology to ensure a more comfortable and engaging dental experience. The team at DMD is committed to continuing education in order to offer more services to patients while constantly improving the quality of care. Additionally, Dr. Dawson and her team are focused on quality dentistry and lifelong relationships with their patients.