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Complications of Not Removing Wisdom Teeth

Find Out When a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

Woman in white with a toothacheWhile your dentist and oral specialists will work to keep your natural teeth in the gum line for as long as possible, sometimes it is necessary to remove one or more teeth for the protection of your oral and overall health. This is often the case for wisdom teeth -- so much so that having them out is something of a rite of passage for teenagers and young adults. However, the wisdom teeth can cause problems well into adulthood, and the complications of not having them removed promptly can be serious. Keep reading to learn more about what can happen, and why it may be a good idea to have wisdom teeth extraction in Houston.

Common Complications of Wisdom Teeth

Woman in white with a toothacheThe wisdom teeth are third molars at the very back of the mouth that may or may not erupt in late adolescence, usually between the ages of 16 and 24. If they do come through, there is rarely enough room for them to erupt (break through the gums) without issue. This lack of space can cause impaction or infection -- when the tooth either gets trapped below the gum line or comes in sideways. The resulting problems can range from minor to severe.

Some of the most common complications associated with wisdom teeth include the following:

  • A persistent ache or throbbing pain at the back of the jaw
  • Difficulty eating certain foods, which may impact nutrition
  • Pain when speaking or opening the jaw wide
  • Discomfort in the ear, neck, or head
  • Other teeth shifting out of alignment
  • A foul odor coming from the back of the mouth; bad taste in the mouth
  • Loss of sleep due to the chronic pain
  • Infection which can spread throughout the body -- possibly to the brain

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Woman in white with a toothacheNo one wants to have oral surgery, but wisdom teeth extraction offers a number of advantages for many people. When you have these third molars removed early, you can avoid the potential complications that are listed above. Using an X-ray or a special type of scan, your dentist or oral surgeon in Houston can check to see if wisdom teeth are present and, if they are, whether or not they are likely to cause issues if they do erupt. Based on this information, we can determine whether or not extraction is a good idea. Typically, oral surgeries are more straightforward and associated with briefer recovery times the younger the patient is. That is why it may be a good idea to have the wisdom teeth taken out during adolescence before they actually cause an issue. The only way to know for sure is to talk to a professional. 

Learn More about Wisdom Teeth Extraction Today

Are you interested in discussing whether you or your teen should have wisdom teeth extracted? If you are experiencing pain or otherwise believe that this procedure would be beneficial, don’t put it off -- the complications of impacted wisdom teeth can be severe. We invite you to contact your Houston oral surgeon to learn more today!