While you may not be excited about the idea of having a tooth extracted, it is very common for your dentist to recommend that your wisdom teeth be removed it helps to protect your oral health. Here are three reasons that wisdom teeth may need to be extracted.
You Can't Properly Clean Them
Wisdom teeth also called third molars, come in far back in your mouth behind your second set of molars. Because of their position, they may be harder to brush and floss properly. If you can't keep them clean, it increases your risk of developing issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
They are Crowding Other Teeth
Many people have completed orthodontic treatment by the time their wisdom teeth arrive on the scene. If there is not enough space in your mouth to support your wisdom teeth, they may begin to crowd your other teeth and affect your beautiful smile.
They may also come in at odd angles that could become a problem for neighboring teeth. It's best to remove your wisdom teeth if there is not enough space for them in your mouth.
They are Impacted
Some wisdom teeth don't come in at all and remain impacted or stuck beneath the gum line. You might think this solves your problem of having your wisdom teeth extracted; however, leaving impacted teeth stuck in their place might result in a painful infection. Impacted wisdom teeth should also be removed to protect your oral health.
Gentle Extractions in Lafayette LA
Do you have more questions about dental extractions in Lafayette? Dr. J. Jerome Smith or Dr. Daniel Domingue are happy to meet with you during a consultation to discuss your options and the details of your wisdom teeth extractions. Give us a call today to arrange a convenient time for your consultation.