Wisdom teeth extraction might sound scary, but it can help keep your smile healthy. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt and usually appear by the time you are in your teens or twenties. These teeth can erupt without any pain or problems, but there are some instances in which our Santa Clara dentist may recommend having your wisdom teeth removed.
You may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted if:
- Your teeth are crowded
If your teeth are crowded and overlapping, your wisdom teeth might not fit comfortably or easily in your jaw. This can lead to them becoming impacted, meaning they will be unable to fully erupt or erupt properly and could cause pain, disease, and misalignment.
- You have pain or infection due to your wisdom teeth.
If your erupting wisdom teeth cause chronic problems, they may be infected. Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean and prone to trapping food particles and bacteria, and this can lead to an infection called pericoronitis. Extracting the teeth can allow your mouth to heal and prevent further infection.
- You have poorly aligned wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth do not always erupt properly. Some come in sideways or at other abnormal angles, which can cause serious damage to your other teeth.
Call our expert in wisdom tooth removal in Santa Clara today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.