When is the right time to consider wisdom teeth removal?
As an Alexandria VA dental office, we often have patients asking our dentists, ‘When is the right time to consider wisdom teeth removal?’
The third molars, or wisdom teeth, do not serve a functional purpose, but they often cause oral health problems. Removal is often recommended by our Alexandria dentists to prevent future dental problems from occurring, and the timing of the procedure can be critical. It is far better to remove the wisdom teeth at a young age instead of waiting until problems like periodontal disease arise, but dentists determine the optimal timing for removal based on a patient’s age, oral hygiene level and history of periodontal defects.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
One of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal is that the teeth do not fully erupt or emerge from the gums misaligned. These teeth are referred to as “impacted” and should be removed before they damage nearby the tissue, bone and teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Infections
Impacted teeth may be the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria and may provide an opening for food particles to accumulate. These factors can lead to infection and require the removal of the wisdom teeth.
Cysts and Wisdom Teeth
Removal may also be necessary when fluid-filled sacs, called cysts, grow around an impacted wisdom tooth. These sacs can burst, leading to a bacterial infection, and damage the surrounding bone and tissue.
The Age Factor
The effects of impacted and retained wisdom teeth may become more consequential with age. Aging also brings an increased likelihood of tooth decay, periodontal defects and problems resulting from surgery. For this reason, our Alexandria dentists for wisdom teeth removal recommend removing problematic wisdom teeth sooner rather than later.
by Dr. Nhien Lu