Making the decision to have your wisdom teeth removed can be easy to postpone unless they are bothering you or causing pain. It’s important to note that there are some instances in which the wisdom teeth can be problematic even without causing even the slightest of symptoms.
For answers to questions about your wisdom teeth in Chicago, and to avoid potential complications related to your wisdom teeth, it helps to seek the advice of an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
It is a well-known fact that an impacted or partially erupted wisdom tooth can contribute to periodontal disease, a condition that can progress with little or no immediate pain. The last molars in the mouth, the third molars (tooth numbers 1,16,17,32), even if they are completely erupted, can be difficult to access with a toothbrush or floss. Even mouthrinses and gargles are ineffective at cleaning behind these molars or flushing food and plaque from underneath the gums. Without proper care, a localized infection can develop, posing a risk to the wisdom teeth as well as the neighboring teeth.
This infection not only locally attacks the gum tissue and bone surrounding the teeth, but if left untreated, periodontal disease triggers a systemic inflammatory response that can harm your overall health. Studies have shown that periodontal disease can contribute to cardiovascular disease, increase your risk for a stroke, create complications with diabetes management, and complicate pregnancies.
The neighboring teeth are at an increased risk for bone loss and tooth decay, and many patients will experience uncontrollable bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. As the inflammation and infection persists, you may finally notice tenderness or swelling in the area and have an increased tendency to bite the cheeks or gums when speaking or chewing.
To restore a more ideal state of health and to reduce the risk of periodontal disease and other complications, oral surgery for wisdom teeth extraction is typically recommended as soon as possible.
To schedule an appointment for a professional consultation and to learn more about the process for safely and comfortably removing wisdom teeth in downtown Chicago, contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio for your appointment.