How Wisdom Tooth Extraction Can Improve Your Oral Health

Wisdom teeth, those teeth that sit in the very back of your mouth, can exist in your smile without causing problems for years. However, for many people, wisdom teeth eventually become uncomfortable, and lead to dental problems.

Our San Francisco dentist office provides timely wisdom tooth extraction to help patients overcome these wisdom-tooth-related obstacles.

1. Oral infections

When wisdom teeth stay in place too long, they can lead to oral infections. It is very difficult for patients to reach their wisdom teeth with their toothbrushes and floss. Consequently, wisdom teeth accumulate oral bacteria, and become prime spots of plaque and tartar accumulation. This can lead to dental cavities and gum disease. If left untreated oral infections can intensify: causing tooth loss and even jawbone tissue deterioration.

2. Dental misalignment

Wisdom teeth, as they attempt to break through to the surface of the smile, can put pressure on your existing smile. This pressure may cause your teeth to shift around and become crowded/crooked, even if you have previously straightened your smile with orthodontic treatment. As your wisdom teeth change your dental alignment you may notice a feeling of fullness or strain in the back of your smile.

3. Awkward angles

Wisdom teeth may often came in, or “erupt,” at awkward angles. Rather than coming up vertically through the gum tissue, many wisdom teeth emerge horizontally or on an angle. This can be quite uncomfortable for the patient, and these teeth can make it even tougher for you to care for your smile.

Because most people do not have enough room in their mouths for wisdom teeth, our San Francisco dentist removes them before they become problematic. If you still have your wisdom teeth, and you want to learn more about the benefits of extraction, please feel free to contact our helpful dental team.