Q: Why do I need my
wisdom teeth removed?
A: Wisdom teeth that are healthy and in the right position usually don’t cause problems. However there are many problems that can occur with these teeth. Often wisdom teeth break through your gums only partway and cause a flap of gum tissue to grow over them where food gets trapped leading to an infection. They can come in crooked or facing the wrong direction because the jaw isn’t large enough to give them the room they need. This can cause damage to your adjacent teeth. Your wisom teeth can also get stuck (impacted) in your jaw and not be able to break through your gums at all. Impacted teeth can often form a cyst around them which causes damage to the bone or roots. Lastly, they are so far back in your mouth or crowded that you have trouble cleaning around them. Most dentists reocmmend the removal of your wisom teeth in your late teens, because waiting until you’re older can increase the risk of problems.