If you spent your early teen years faithfully keeping your appointments with the orthodontist to achieve a picture-perfect smile, or if you’re one of the lucky folks whose teeth came in straight naturally, then you’ll want to make it a priority to schedule an appointment with this dual –degreed Chicago oral surgeon to have your wisdom teeth removed.
All of your orthodontist’s efforts can be wiped out when the wisdom teeth begin to come in. If there’s not enough room in the jaw to accommodate the wisdom teeth, which there almost never is, then the other teeth must shift to make room for the newcomers. As the teeth shift, they’ll become misaligned and crooked. One tooth may end up on top of another. Two teeth may push against each other, and they may both end up protruding from the smile as a result. In fact, if the wisdom teeth come in and prompt this kind of crowding, you may look like you never even bothered with braces to begin with!
Crowded teeth also can negatively affect the mouth’s function in addition to the smile’s appearance. As the wisdom teeth force their way into the jaw, the crowding can become so severe that the occlusion, or bite, can be thrown off course, as well. A malocclusion, or misaligned bite, can put pressure on the jaw joints and cause pain, such as headaches and earaches. A patient may even develop TMJ disorders as a result of a bad bite.
Ideally, you should consult with a dual-degreed Chicago oral surgeon to have your wisdom teeth removed before age 25. If you wait much longer than that, the procedure can become more complicated and it takes longer to recover from the surgery. However, even if you’re older than 25, you can still safely have your wisdom teeth extracted, and you should do so as soon as possible.
If you have a perfectly aligned smile and don’t want to reacquaint yourself with the orthodontist, be sure to visit Dr. Steven A Koos D.D.S., M.D., a dual-degreed Chicago oral surgeon to have your wisdom teeth removed.