Losing teeth isn’t ideal, and most of modern dentistry focuses on helping you avoid it. However, sometimes tooth extraction is a necessary step in preserving your smile, and that is most often the case when it comes to impacted wisdom teeth. Known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last four molars to develop. Yet, for many patients, there is little room left along their dental ridges to accommodate the extra molars, causing wisdom teeth to become impacted and require extraction.
Why Wisdom Teeth Can Be Difficult
When a wisdom tooth develops and tries to erupt, the molar that’s already present can get in its way, making it difficult or impossible for the wisdom tooth to fully erupt. As the third molar continues to force its way, it can push the adjacent teeth out of alignment, leading to intense discomfort and potential damage to your jawbone, gum tissues, and nearby teeth. If the impacted molar is not extracted, then the complications resulting from it will continue to grow worse.
When to Consider Extracting Them
Once a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, the discomfort can make it obvious that it needs to be extracted. However, many patients choose to extract their wisdom teeth before they start to cause trouble, allowing them avoid the potential for oral health complications. If you’re considering extracting your wisdom teeth even though they don’t hurt, then visit your dentist for a comprehensive examination and consultation to find out if it’s a good idea.
Learn More About Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Even if they aren’t causing obvious trouble yet, extracting your wisdom teeth may be a good idea for your long-term oral health. To schedule a consultation, call Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.