More than 80% of Canadians will need to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in their lives. The reason behind having them extracted can be precautionary, but for most people, pain, irritation and infection will occur if wisdom teeth are left in. Even if you don’t feel any noticeable discomfort with your wisdom teeth, they can cause significant damage simply by being dormant. Here are a few reasons why you should seriously consider having your wisdom teeth extracted.

Effects of Wisdom Teeth:

People that have not had their wisdom teeth extracted may begin to experience frequent toothaches and jaw pain. Over time, these aches and pains will escalate and lead to further complications. Here are a few side effects that dormant wisdom teeth may cause:

  • Severe aches and discomfort in your jaw
  • Swollen Jaw
  • Inflammation or infected gums
  • Frequent bleeding in your gums
  • Bad breath
  • Jawbone recession

If you haven’t removed your wisdom teeth yet and have experienced one or more of the effects mentioned above, contact your family dentist immediately for a consultation. Removing your wisdom teeth can far surpass a list of effects and inflict some severe damage to your mouth and physical health.

Here are three other repercussions to leaving your wisdom teeth in regardless if you’re not experiencing pain or discomfort at this moment:

Overcrowding and Misalignment

Wisdom teeth don’t abide by any rules, and when they decide it’s time to erupt, they will push themselves out; however, they see fit. This means that they will push some of your permanent teeth aside and overcrowd your jawbone. Overcrowding is incredibly detrimental to individuals that have had braces to correct a crooked bite or smile. When your teeth overcrowd all the hard work and money you spent correcting your teeth will be undone, and you may have to start over. Overcrowding will also lead to a misaligned bite which can perpetuate headaches and make it difficult to chew food or boast a healthy, confident smile.

Scraping and Harm to Surrounding Teeth

When your wisdom teeth erupt and push themselves out into your mouth, they will end up scraping and pushing against your surrounding teeth. When this happens, your wisdom teeth may damage your dentin and the enamel. When your enamel or dentin is damaged, you may be more susceptible to cavities.

Tough to Accurately Clean

Your mouth has enough space to allow your permanent teeth to grow in and remain healthy. There is no additional space available for erupting wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth come out abruptly, they will make it tough to accurately clean your teeth. Whether it be brushing or flossing, it will be difficult to ensure that there are no food particles stuck in between the crevices of your teeth. Inadequate cleaning can lead to a series of oral health concerns like cavities, root canals, or periodontal disease.

If you are worried about getting your wisdom teeth removed, there are a variety of options to help you get through the process, including dental sedation. Contact Grande Prairie Family Dental Clinic for more information!