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Impacted or decayed wisdom teeth often result in an achy jaw caused by infection. The best treatment for these wisdom teeth is usually to have them removed.
Recent studies show that once inflammation sets in, it’s very difficult to alleviate it, and it easily spreads to surrounding areas. In addition, when a tooth is partially impacted, a separation between it and the gums creates a breeding ground for bacteria, which dramatically increases the risk of infection.
When wisdom teeth erupt, they try to enter an already crowded area. With little room to move into, neighboring teeth are often pushed aside, resulting in misalignment. Whether your beautiful smile is thanks to braces or genetics, wisdom teeth can undo a straight smile as well as completely unravel years of dental work.
While overcrowding is likely, wisdom teeth can do more to their neighbors than simply invade their space. In fact, they can damage the adjacent second molars by contributing to bone loss and cavities.
An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to tiny tumours or cysts in the jawbone.These can grow quite large and are best removed early to prevent problems.
If you experience no pain or obvious complications with the arrival of your wisdom teeth, your future dental hygiene may still be at risk. More than likely, space is at a minimum, and it can be difficult to properly brush and floss around a wisdom tooth.
When an oral surgeon removes your wisdom teeth, you can reduce your risk of suffering from many of these negative consequences and gain a number of health benefits as a result.