Wisdom Teeth Removal: Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease

wisdom-teeth-removal-dubuque-iaMost of the time patients associate their wisdom teeth coming in with discomfort. While it’s true that wisdom teeth eruption cause uncomfortable symptoms such as facial pain and reoccurring headaches, their eruption can also compromise a patient’s oral health. Retaining wisdom teeth increases a patient’s risk for gum disease. By having our oral surgeon remove your wisdom teeth, you can reduce your risk for gum disease and improve your quality of life.

How Wisdom Tooth Retention Causes Oral Health Problems

The main reason that wisdom teeth can lead to oral health problems is the fact that they rarely erupt properly through the gums. This is because these teeth come in long after the rest of the adult teeth have erupted and there is little room, if any, in the mouth for new teeth. Since the mouth is already crowded, the wisdom teeth may come in sideways or only partially erupt. This means that only part of the surface of the tooth is exposed and the rest is left under the gums. Food and bacteria can become trapped at the eruption site and eventually underneath gum tissue. Over time, plaque and tartar deposits left behind near wisdom teeth will inflame the gums. Since this area is difficult to keep clean, patients are more likely to develop gum disease, a condition that is marked by infected periodontal tissue. If gum disease is not handled with professional care and proper hygiene, the condition will progress. Untreated gum disease can result in tooth loss, gum recession, and a chronic oral infection.

In addition to gum disease, patients who retain their wisdom teeth increase their risk for orthodontic problems and TMJ issues.

Gentle Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Our team is experienced with removing wisdom teeth safely and gently. We use the latest technology and medication to ensure comfort. Our patients report positive experiences during and after their procedures because our staff is skilled and dedicated.

To schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons, call Great River Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.