Who has ever wanted a tooth extracted? If asked to make a choice, most people would rather leave their teeth where they are. But in some cases, especially when it involves a wisdom tooth, you need to get them taken out to avoid other detrimental dilemmas. Here are a few of the most common reasons for wisdom tooth removal.
-Getting Orthodontic Work Done
Whether you are getting braces, or some other type of dental appliance put in, your dentist may suggest that you get your wisdom teeth out in order to make room for the rest of your teeth to be moved and shift into proper placement.
Many times a wisdom tooth will need to be removed because it is impacted—meaning it is not emerging fully because it is at an odd angle and being blocked by its neighboring tooth. This also means it will be pushing up against it as it tries to erupt.
-Bite and Alignment Issues
There are scenarios where the wisdom tooth rises above the crest of normal bite alignment—meaning that the rest of the teeth do not connect due to a wisdom tooth blocking proper contact.
Cases where the wisdom tooth positions itself oddly in the mouth are not uncommon. Even if there are no bite and alignment issues, a tooth may rub up against the cheek or other structure in the mouth and cause discomfort.
If your wisdom teeth need to be removed, call Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry and our helpful team at TLN Family Dental. Phone: (713) 723-2600. Make an appointment or come by our office in Houston, Texas.