06 Feb Wisdom Teeth Removal: Optimize Whole Body Health
Could your wisdom teeth be contributing to issues like orofacial discomfort, headaches, and the misalignment of your teeth? Some people experience quality of life issues when their wisdom teeth emerge and others can develop serious oral health concerns like tooth decay and gum disease when wisdom teeth are retained.
Having your wisdom teeth extracted by an oral surgeon can optimize your health and wellbeing. It can also prevent a host of oral health complications.
The Problems Associated with Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are associated with many oral health problems among modern humans. This is because wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are no longer necessary from an evolutionary perspective. Due to advances in oral hygiene practices and increased accessibility to oral healthcare providers, people keep their first and second molars much longer and therefore make third molars unnecessary for optimal oral function.
Since we retain the first and second molars much longer than our ancestors, the arrival of wisdom teeth during teenage years or early adulthood is problematic. Without proper space to erupt, third molars often become impacted (stuck in the gums and/or jaw) and cannot emerge upright through the gums the way that other teeth do. This means that the arrival of wisdom teeth can cause orofacial pain, headaches, and orthodontic problems.
Impacted teeth are susceptible to developing dental caries and abscesses, too. This is because partially erupted or impacted teeth are difficult to keep clean. Debris and bacteria tend to pool beneath the gums on the surfaces of teeth, which can lead to the development of severe cavities and painful infections (abscesses).
Comfortable Wisdom Tooth Removal
For most people, the pros of wisdom tooth removal heavily outweigh the cons. In addition to preventing and improving oral health problems, having one’s wisdom teeth removed is more comfortable than people’s experiences in previous generations.
Our practice utilizes the latest technology and surgical techniques to minimize the invasiveness of procedures. We also administer anesthetics and prescription medication during wisdom teeth removal to ensure that our guests are relaxed and comfortable.
Call us today at Charlottesville Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center to reserve an appointment with our oral surgeon.