Did you know that having your wisdom teeth removed could improve your oral health? It’s true; wisdom teeth removal can improve the effectiveness of daily oral hygiene and reduce your risks for common conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. If your dentist has referred you to our oral surgeon for wisdom teeth extractions, call our practice today to reserve a consultation.

How does keeping my wisdom teeth affect my oral health?

Keeping your wisdom teeth can put your oral health at risk. When wisdom teeth emerge, they rarely come through the gums as they should. Instead, they become stuck in the gums and/or bone. This partial eruption will cause other teeth to crowd, which makes keeping teeth clean very difficult. By affecting your ability to clean your teeth, wisdom teeth can increase your risks for gum disease, tooth decay, and root canal infections.

Another way that wisdom teeth can affect your oral health is by affecting your occlusion (or bite). If the upper and lower sets of teeth do not line up properly during oral function, it can lead to excessive tooth wear and TMJ dysfunction.

Lastly, another example of the negative impact wisdom tooth retention has on oral health is the fact that these teeth are prone to developing abscesses. An abscess is a painful and severe infection that can affect the entire oral health system.

Is wisdom teeth removal painful?

Having your wisdom teeth removed does involve oral surgery but we are able to keep our patients comfortable through sedation dentistry. By administering sedating and pain-relieving medications, our patients can have their teeth removed without discomfort or pain.

Since oral surgery does produce minor trauma to tissue, there will be some post-operative discomfort. This discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, and cold compresses.

Wisdom teeth extraction is a wise investment in your oral health and your quality of life. Call Permian Basin Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon.