Many dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth extracted, even if they are not causing problems. This leaves many people wondering if it’s really necessary to have these third molars removed, since they are not painful or causing any symptoms.
In short, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for an additional set of molars. Leaving them untreated can cause damage to other teeth, misalignment, and more. These issues can be prevented by having third molars extracted. Many people undergo wisdom tooth removal surgery during the late teens or early twenties, before these molars are fully developed. In some cases, the wisdom teeth can fully develop and erupt through the gums without causing any issues. However, this is rare.
Most people who develop wisdom teeth should have them removed as soon as possible. By doing so, you prevent numerous oral health problems. Some issues that wisdom teeth can cause include:
Even if wisdom teeth are not causing you pain, they can lead to serious oral health complications in the future. Attend regular checkups with your general dentist. At these appointments, your dentist will check for wisdom teeth and refer you to an oral surgeon if detected. Prompt treatment of wisdom teeth yields better outcomes and protects your oral health. Learn more about wisdom teeth or contact Hill & Ioppolo Oral & Dental Implant Surgery of Lubbock for a consultation.