Why Some Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed


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:

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


Should Wisdom Teeth Always be Removed?

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Wisdom teeth, as the name may suggest, are teeth that do not fully appear until one enters adulthood. Technically a set of third molars, these teeth are the last of the permanent teeth to come in, normally appearing in the late teens or early 20s.

In researching cheap smile makeovers in Los Angeles, you will see that any treatment plan addresses how to handle wisdom teeth if they are still present. In most cases, a mouth has very little room left to accommodate wisdom teeth, and their presence can cause problems. For instance, if there is not enough space for them to erupt through the gumline, they may become impacted. If this happens, they can crowd and damage adjacent teeth. If they are partially impacted, they may trap bacteria and become a source for decay and infection. For these reasons, they are usually removed before problems can arise.

Occasionally, wisdom teeth may be able to safely remain in the mouth without causing problems. If wisdom teeth are fully erupted, come in straight with a proper bite, do not crowd the surrounding teeth, and are able to be sufficiently brushed and flossed, they may not need to be removed.

If you still have your wisdom teeth, call our expert in wisdom teeth removal in Los Angeles to find out if you should have them removed.

Wisdom Teeth and the Troubles They Cause

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Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars found at the very back of your mouth. They are the very last teeth at each end of your jaw, but aren’t necessarily ever seen. This is because wisdom teeth don’t grow in until between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one. Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems, and even if they don’t are usually removed fairly early on from an emergency wisdom tooth removal dentist in Los Angeles, once they start emerging or should start emerging.

Problems wisdom teeth can cause include:

• Only breaking through the gums half way, which can cause the gum to grow over them. This can lead to an infection.
• Growing in crooked or backwards, effecting other teeth
• Impaction in the jaw
• Lack of hygiene, due to not enough space to allow for cleaning
• Cysts, which damage your jawbone and/or roots

Symptoms to look out for are:

• Pain or stiffness in jaw
• Irritation
• Swelling in gums
• Teeth crowding
• Tooth decay
• Gum disease

If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above, you should contact emergency dentists in Los Angeles. These problems usually affect those between the ages of fifteen and twenty five who have not yet gotten their wisdom teeth removed.