We have found that while many of our patients with wisdom teeth know that they should be extracted, very few of them understand why.
So here you go…A Little Wisdom about Wisdom Teeth.
There are several reasons your Apex Dentist might recommend having your third molars, also known as Wisdom teeth, extracted. Very few people have adequate space in their dental arch for wisdom teeth. If you are one of the lucky ones that does have enough room, be sure your toothbrush is reaching all the way back to those teeth, as they are often very difficult to keep clean. If/when 3rd molars develop cavities (as they often do), it is usually better to put financial resources towards having these teeth extracted rather than filled as they usually only cause more problems down the road.
For patients who do not have enough room in their dental arch, the 3rd molars are often unable to properly erupt, making it difficult or even impossible to keep clean. The improper eruption can cause a variety of problems including but not limited to, periodontal infections, dental decay, and dental abcesses.