Wisdom teeth can cause problems because they can grow at various angles in the jaw, even horizontally. Sometimes they only partially emerge while at other times, they remain completely hidden. Wisdom teeth that aren’t able to emerge are termed impacted, or trapped, within your jaw.
The problem with wisdom teeth emerging only partially is that a passageway is created through the gums which can cause problems. Because this area is hard to see and clean, it can become a magnet for bacteria that cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists believe it’s better to remove wisdom teeth before the roots are fully formed. When someone is younger they tend to recover easier and faster from surgery. This is why some young adults have their wisdom teeth pulled before the teeth cause problems and become more firmly rooted in the jaw.
According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as:
The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always clear. At Vaughan Family Dental we will be glad to discuss the health of your wisdom teeth and what’s best for your situation.