Is wisdom tooth removal an effective remedy for keeping gum disease at bay?
For many patients at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the answer is undoubtedly yes. It’s critical to make decisions about procedures such as wisdom tooth removal not only with your oral health in mind, but your long-term ability to care for your teeth.
Many times, removing your third molars can support a lifetime of good dental health and limit countless future problems from arising.
How to Prevent Periodontal Disease
Before considering removal of your third molars, find out about gum disease. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) released a study saying half of all U.S. adults age 30 or older had gum disease. That doesn’t leave you with good odds going forward into adulthood. If it’s a 50-50 chance you’ll end up with gum disease, that means there is a 50-50 chance you will end up with a toothache; bright red, swollen, bleeding gums; receding gums; and potential tooth loss.
Nobody wants that. So what can you do to prevent it? Read any literature on how to keep periodontal disease at bay, and it comes down to focusing on brushing and flossing. Keeping your teeth clean is how you keep them healthy.
3 Cases Where Wisdom Tooth Removal Is Recommended
Oral surgeons will recommend taking out your third set of molars under three specific circumstances:
- They are trapped beneath the gumline and they will not emerge. This is dangerous because it can lead to an infection or the development of a cyst.
- They only emerge partially. This isn’t preferable either, because half-emerged wisdom teeth often create hollows that harbor bacteria, and it’s impossible to keep clean. This can lead to infection.
- The wisdom teeth emerge, but they crowd nearby teeth. Over time, this can lead to gum disease because it makes it hard for you to floss.
As you can see, the motivation for this procedure is closely tied to preventing infection and gum disease. While some people’s wisdom teeth develop perfectly and they have plenty of space in their mouths to continue with detailed, effective oral hygiene, this isn’t the case for others.
What’s Right for You?
Don’t assume you don’t need it — talk to a qualified oral surgeon today to see if you can improve your long-term oral health and prevent gum disease through a helpful procedure like wisdom tooth removal. Our team at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is happy to meet with you and assess the condition of your teeth.