Grandmother and Granddaughter Embracing On CouchEvery year, we see patients from all over Chesapeake who are considering wisdom teeth removal but aren’t sure if it’s necessary because they aren’t experiencing any pain. This is a very valid concern, and the quick answer is, “It depends.” Because everyone’s dental makeup is different, and everyone’s wisdom teeth present differently, it’s impossible for us to give you a definitive answer without a full examination.

However, what Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can provide is an overall explanation of what can happen if you choose not to have wisdom teeth removal.

You Should Have Wisdom Teeth Removal as a Preventive Measure

Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing pain currently, it doesn’t mean they won’t cause pain or problems in the future. Wisdom teeth are often impacted or pinned beneath the surface of the gums. When this occurs, they are unable to properly break through the gum line and erupt. This often happens because the jawbone is already packed with your other teeth, your mouth is too small to receive them, or they are growing at an angle and pushing against your existing teeth. If they are impacted, wisdom teeth can cause pain or crowding. However, this occurrence may not become an issue for years. Many Chesapeake residents who keep their wisdom teeth don’t experience pain until they’re in their 30s or 40s. And the truth is, wisdom teeth removal is a much easier process to endure at a younger age when your bones are not as hard, which is why our doctors recommend the procedure as a preventative measure.

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Problems Could Occur if You Do Not Have Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should have wisdom teeth removal, there are still multiple potential problems that could occur in the future if you keep your wisdom teeth:

  • If your wisdom teeth are impacted in any way, they could eventually break through your gum line only partway. If this occurs, a flap of gum tissue would cover part of the teeth. This flap will collect food debris and would turn into a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. This oral infection can cause damage to your other teeth and your jawbone and could even make its way throughout your body and cause illness elsewhere. Wisdom teeth removal in our Chesapeake office will prevent this occurrence and protect you from infection.
  • When your wisdom teeth erupt into your smile, they could come in at an odd angle – forward, backward, or to the side. This will eventually lead to jaw pain and even cause headaches. Wisdom teeth removal can prevent this future oral complication.
  • Wisdom teeth that are not removed can eventually develop a fluid sac around them, which can grow into a cyst. Oral cysts can cause lasting damage to the nearby teeth, jaw, and bones that may require surgery to repair.
  • If you choose not to have wisdom teeth removal, you run a greater risk of getting cavities in your back molars or developing gum disease in the back of your mouth. This is due to the fact that it is harder to perform proper oral healthcare in that area of your mouth.
  • And lastly, your wisdom teeth could eventually cause aesthetic problems for your smile. This means that you will require orthodontic treatment. If you’ve already gone through orthodontic treatment, you could need a second round of treatment to regain your beautiful smile. Don’t let your smile be ruined. Let our doctors perform wisdom teeth removal and save you the headache later on.

Our Doctors Can Help

At Coastal Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Chesapeake, our patients come first. Our primary focus is to provide the highest level of care, using the latest forms of techniques and technologies. If you have wisdom teeth that are not causing pain but are unsure whether or not you should have wisdom teeth removal, call our office to schedule an initial consultation. This way, our oral surgeons can fully examine your mouth and make a determination based on your specific needs.