Our mouths can be havens for infection-inducing bacteria. Even the most fastidious flossers can’t eliminate all of the plaque that accumulates near and under the gumline. That’s why regular dental exams and cleanings are so important—to periodically clear away plaque build-up and the bacteria that comes along with it.
Those oral bacteria also offer another motivation for wisdom teeth removal by this experienced dual-degreed Chicago oral surgeon. When wisdom teeth are partially impacted, they attract high levels of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and inflammation and disease in the gums.
It’s easy to think that asymptomatic wisdom teeth won’t be affected by infection and inflammation, but that’s a misconception. Unfortunately, thanks to the wisdom teeth’s location in the rear of the mouth, it’s almost impossible to keep them clean. It’s best to have a dual-degreed oral surgeon extract them before severe damage occurs and so that you don’t even have to try to clean them.
The inflammation isn’t confined to the mouth, either. It can travel readily throughout the bloodstream and affect other areas of the body. Some of the proteins associated with oral inflammation have been linked to other conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. Your mouth truly is the gateway to the rest of your body.
Keep in mind, too, that it’s always better to have the wisdom teeth removed before they lead to infection or cause pain or some other sort of symptom. Studies have shown that patients whose wisdom teeth appear to be problem-free based on their perspective, still face a significantly increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Working with an oral surgeon who offers sedation dentistry in Chicago can make the wisdom tooth extraction process go even more smoothly. Rather than putting a patient to sleep in the hospital and intubating them, which used to be the norm for wisdom tooth removal, a sedation dentist can use sedative intravenous drugs, such as a benzodiazepines, that will put the patient into a state of relaxation and/or sleep. The surgical procedure has now been streamlined and can be performed more safely, with a more minimally invasive technique, and with far less down-time for recovery than before.