What Happens if I Don’t Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Model of a wisdom tooth growing in at a bad angle.Wisdom teeth, which are the molars at the back of your mouth, usually come in when you’re between 17 and 25 years old. Most people have four wisdom teeth, though some have fewer. Because of where they’re located, there may not be enough room for your wisdom teeth to fully erupt. They can become impacted. We often recommend removing these molars before symptoms start. What happens if you don’t get them extracted?

You’re More Vulnerable to Tooth Decay

Wisdom teeth can be harder to clean. Reaching that far back with floss and a toothbrush is tricky. The tiny spaces are an ideal home for cavity-causing plaque and tartar. By not removing your wisdom teeth, you could be in store for more cavities and at risk for gum disease

You’re More Vulnerable to Infection

More cavities mean a higher chance of infection. Food trapped in partially erupted wisdom teeth can also cause severe pain, bad breath, and other potentially serious issues. An infection can also spread through your body and put your long-term health at risk. 

Your Wisdom Teeth Can Crowd Your Smile

If there isn’t quite enough room for your wisdom teeth, they can crowd your other teeth. This leads to enamel damage and teeth shifting. Straight teeth can move out of alignment.

You Can Develop Cysts

Cysts can occur when you have impacted wisdom teeth. These fluid-filled sacs form in your gums or your jawbone next to the wisdom teeth. Cysts cause problems if they grow. They can also cause damage if they burst. Cysts are identified during regular dental appointments. 

Wisdom Teeth Extractions at Atlantic Dental Partners in Jamaica Plain & Malden, MA

Getting your wisdom teeth removed may sound scary, but our team is here to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. If we recommend an extraction, it’s best not to wait too long. We want to help you avoid more serious dental problems in the future! Please contact us today if you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation. 


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