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Can Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause Future Problems?

Posted on 5/22/2023 by Olivia Ortega
Can Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause Future Problems?Wisdom teeth are the last molars that form and emerge in a person's mouth after all their other molars have been shed. They often begin to manifest themselves somewhere in a person's late teens or early twenties but may start earlier in rare cases. Although some individuals never have any issues with their wisdom teeth and hence do not need them to be extracted, this is not always the case.

When wisdom teeth become impacted, they may result in excruciating pain, infection, and damage to the teeth surrounding them. In cases when impacted wisdom teeth are the source of discomfort, a qualified dentist or oral surgeon may recommend extraction of the problematic tooth as a treatment option.

Impacted Teeth Can Cause Future Problems

When wisdom teeth are impacted and become infected, this may cause systemic concerns because the germs present in the infection can spread to other body regions. This may be hazardous to a person's general health, and it also has the potential to create disease in the adjacent teeth.

A knowledgeable dentist or oral surgeon can determine whether or not a patient's wisdom teeth need to be extracted. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance for individuals to see an informed doctor with the skills required to evaluate wisdom teeth and remove them if necessary. The patient's wisdom teeth may be examined by the attending physician so that it can be ascertained whether or not the patient is suffering from an infection as a result of crowding or impaction.

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