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There is some debate whether or not to get your wisdom teeth taken out. Many dentists and patients believe it is necessary to avoid crowding issues later on. Here are a few of the factors to consider.

Alignment/Bite Issues

Depending on the situation, a wisdom tooth that protrudes above the rest of your teeth may give you difficulty in various areas due to incorrect contact of the upper and lower jaws.

Discomfort Caused by Odd Protrusion

If the wisdom tooth is growing at an odd angle out of the gum and contacting the cheek or rubbing other areas of the mouth in an abnormal way, this would be a reason to have it removed. Whether or not the other teeth or bite is affected, any issue that causes discomfort should be addressed.

Crowding of the Other Teeth

This is the typical reason why a wisdom tooth is removed. Many wisdom teeth become impacted, which means that they do not fully erupt because they are angled inside the gums and blocked by the other teeth. The wisdom tooth is pushing against the neighboring molar, making it unable to fully emerge from the gum and also crowding the other teeth causing them to move and shift.

Space Needed for Orthodontic Work

A patient that is in need of braces or other orthodontic appliances may be told that extra room is needed in order to shift around their teeth into a better position. In most of these cases, the dentist will recommend making that space by removal of the wisdom teeth.

If you’re wisdom teeth need to be removed, call Dr. Ellen Nam and our helpful team at Rodem Tree Dental. Phone: 972-475-2321. Make an appointment or come by our office in Rowlett, Texas.