Do I Have To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
You may have wondered why we have to have wisdom teeth removed in the first place. The main reason has to do with a lack of space for these teeth.
By the time wisdom teeth grow in, most adults already have a full complement of teeth and there isn’t much room left in the dental arch to allow for 4 more large teeth to grow into a healthy position and alignment.
The wisdom teeth begin to erupt and are blocked by the back molars, or the jaw, or both. When the erupting wisdom teeth encounter these blocks or barriers, the wisdom teeth get trapped in an awkward position, sometimes referred to as impacted teeth.
Dangers Of Leaving Wisdom Teeth Alone
Wisdom teeth put pressure on the tooth and jaw barriers causing damage to these otherwise healthy structures. Their awkward position results in areas that you cannot reach with your toothbrush, floss or Waterpik.
These unreachable areas become havens for toxic bacteria to breed, which can turn into a chronic infection causing tooth decay and gum disease. These chronic infection put you at higher risk for systemic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, and more.
If there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to be completely healthy then they should be removed.