Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, with about 70% of the population requiring this procedure because their mouths cannot accommodate more than 28 teeth. However, careful assessment by an oral surgeon is required to determine if the wisdom teeth will affect the rest of your teeth or align with your smile. Some problems related to wisdom teeth are:
- Impacted: When your wisdom teeth do not erupt and remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
- Positioning: Wisdom teeth do not always grow in straight. If your teeth grow in sideways they may then affect the alignment of your bite and cause other symptoms such as pain and swelling.
- Partial Eruption: Occurs when your wisdom teeth do not have the space to fully emerge. This makes you more susceptible to a type of gum infection called pericoronitis, which can cause muscle spasms in your jaw and the lymph nodes under your chin to swell.
While these problems all require wisdom teeth removal, each condition may cause slightly different symptoms and require a different approach to surgery.
Video: Watch Dr. Rittenbach explain whether or not you should remove your wisdom teeth if they are not causing any pain.