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When should I have Wisdom Teeth Removed? – John T. Bowman, DMD, MD 

Everyone has a different experience with wisdom teeth; some individuals don’t have any, while others won’t have all four. In rare cases, third molars can grow in properly and cause little discomfort or disruption in current dental alignment. On the other hand, wisdom teeth can also partially erupt and put the health of your smile at risk. In all cases, it’s important for your general dentist to be aware of the development of wisdom teeth to recommend extraction with an oral surgeon before complications occur. Although patients may not always be aware of problems concerning their wisdom teeth, there are some key signs implicating third molars may need removal, according to a clinical paper published by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Some of these signs include the following:

Partial Eruption

Wisdom teeth sometimes don’t emerge entirely. Instead, only part of them breaches the surface of the gums. In these circumstances, patients may feel the tops or edges of these teeth with their tongue, near the back of their mouth.  This partial eruption can create a pocket between enamel and soft tissue that is difficult to clean, allowing food to become trapped and bacteria to grow. Partial eruption thereby causes infection in the gums. If left untreated, this can cause discomfort and damage to surrounding teeth. 

Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth can be positioned at differing angles within the jaw, sometimes preventing their emergence in any degree, a problem called impaction. The results of impaction vary, from cracked teeth to crowding and misalignment. In some cases, wisdom teeth can alter ideal alignment achieved through orthodontics, contribute to severe dental pain, and significant damage to other teeth. 

Lack of Space in Dentition

Part of the discomfort of emerging third molars can be caused by wisdom teeth pushing into existing permanent teeth, contributing to crowding. For many patients, wisdom teeth descend in their late teens or early twenties, when teeth have already been treated with orthodontics to create healthy alignment, providing new molars with no room to grow in. As reported by John Wilford for the New York Times in his article, “Less Jaw, Big Brain: Evolution Milestone Laid to Gene Flaw,” from an evolutionary standpoint, changes in human eating habits over millennia have negated the need for extra molars, resulting in jaw sizes that cannot accommodate third molars. 

Visiting an Oral Surgeon for Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you experience toothaches near existing molars, feel partially erupted teeth, or have developed new issues with crowding, you may be dealing with problematic wisdom teeth. Your general dentist can provide a thorough examination to see if wisdom teeth are the source of uncomfortable dental concerns and refer you to our Boca Raton oral surgeon for extraction. We handle all cases of wisdom teeth removal and spend time with every patient to ensure that can achieve improved oral health and comfort.

For expert wisdom teeth removal, call John T. Bowman, DMD, MD, today! 


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