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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
February 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

 Why your wisdom teeth might need to be taken out.

There’s a lot of information out there about wisdom teeth. Should you keep them or should you have them taken out? It’s hard to know what advice to follow but Dr. Clint Hudson your Huntsville, Alabama oral surgeon wants you to know fact from fiction when it comes to Wisdom Teethyour wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth start erupting when you are between the ages of 17 and 25, and you may begin to feel pain and pressure behind your second molars, and feel tightness when you open and close your mouth. Sometimes, however, you may not feel your wisdom teeth at all. It all depends on if you have space in your mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth and if they are erupting straight and in-line with your other teeth.

Oral surgeons like Dr. Hudson can evaluate whether you should keep your wisdom teeth or not. If you do want to keep your wisdom teeth, Dr. Hudson wants you to know some of the issues wisdom teeth can cause, including:

  • Pressure and pain as your teeth erupt
  • Crowding of your teeth because there is not enough space for them
  • Difficulty keeping the area clean can result in decay and periodontal problems

Wisdom teeth may not erupt at all. They can remain buried deep in your jaw; this is called an impacted wisdom tooth. A fluid-filled sac called a cyst can form around your impacted tooth. The pressure from the cyst may cause bone destruction in your jaw.

Often wisdom teeth are too far back or so much out of alignment they don’t help with chewing function. In many cases, it’s best to have them removed when you are young, because the longer you wait the more the roots develop, making it more difficult to extract the tooth. That’s why it’s so important to stop in and see Dr. Hudson as soon as possible for an evaluation of your wisdom teeth.

Whether you keep your wisdom teeth or take them out, don’t make the decision alone. Talk with an expert like Dr. Clint Hudson your oral surgeon in Huntsville, Alabama. He can help you feel comfortable and reassured before, during and after wisdom tooth treatment. Call today and find out more about your wisdom teeth!

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