Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth

Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth

Throughout human evolution and development, the upper and lower jaws got smaller as the skull and brain got bigger. The good news: we got smarter. However, we also ran out of space for the 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) in each corner. The lack of space and capacity to erupt in a normal location has several negative consequences:

The majority of Wisdom teeth should be removed to avoid common complications such as:
1) Soft Tissue Infection, Bone Loss, and Pain
The lack of space leads to abnormal angulation and position, thus resulting in
2 ) Second Molars: Cavities, Bone Loss, and Premature Loss
The second molars are the teeth immediately in front of the wisdom teeth. Just like the first molars in front of them, they play a critical role in chewing food, as well as protecting the front teeth from being damaged by the strong chewing forces. Due to the impacted wisdom teeth behind them, the second molars tend to be at a higher risk for cavities leading to root canal therapy as well as bone loss, all leading to premature loss of these important teeth.
3 ) Cysts and Other Benign Tumors
Impacted teeth are often associated with different types of pathologies. Although these are very rarely malignant, benign tumors like cysts can be locally destructive. These lesions continue to grow, unless they are removed by a surgeon. Surgery to remove these tumors and the surgeries to reconstruct the area can be disruptive to one’s life.
4 ) Orthodontic Treatment and Future Teeth Alignment
Many orthodontists ask for wisdom teeth removal to create space for orthodontic alignment. This is true for teenagers. In addition, with the rising popularity of Invisalign, many adults chose to align their teeth later in life. Since removing wisdom teeth is associated with less complications when we are young, removing them sooner affords us less complications and more options for future orthodontic treatment.
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