People often ask why they would take them out wisdom teeth if they are’t giving them any problems? The truth is that we never reach an age when we are free from problems with our wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can become troublesome for the first time when you are 70 or 80 years old. When you are young, the body heals and regenerates quickly, and recovering from wisdom tooth surgery is not nearly as difficult. Among seniors it becomes a major surgery, and due to the brittleness of the jaw, a fracture of the jaw during surgery can become increasingly likely.
Because wisdom teeth are at the back of the mouth, they are more difficult to access, and therefore are more likely to get accumulation of dental plaque and cavities. If they are too close to the tooth in front, they may also prevent sufficient bone behind the second molar, leading to localized periodontal (gum) problems. In some individuals, wisdom teeth form cysts and malignant tumours. When patients are younger, the bone is more “spongy” or flexible, allowing for an easier surgery than in later years. In many cases, it is recommended that wisdom teeth are removed preventatively.
Book an appointment for a consultation regarding your wisdom teeth at Airdrie Yankee Valley Dental. Dr. Parsa and team will answer all your questions and make you feel at ease about getting your wisdom teeth removed!