It seems that it is a rite of passage for almost every young adult to undergo a wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom tooth develops between the age of 16 to 21. Even though your wisdom tooth might not be hurting you, it might be worth considering extracting them. Because of its late development, wisdom tooth might be impacted which means that they grow sideways instead. Some people assume that their wisdom tooth have not erupted so far, yet the truth is, it might be blocked from coming out by the bone or other teeth!
The most definitive way of deciding if your wisdom tooth should be extracted is the sign of pain. Pain suggests that there might be tooth decay and gum infection. The impacted growth of the wisdom tooth causes food to be trapped in between your second molars and wisdom tooth.
This results in a breeding ground for plaque, gum inflammation and disease.
The emergence of wisdom tooth will also impact patients who had undergone orthodontic treatment. It could potentially affect the alignment of straight teeth that has been corrected, or prevent other teeth from developing properly.
That is indeed something to think about, especially since it undoes the efforts of orthodontic treatment! Just because it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t mean that it is not causing damage.
It isn’t always a must to extract wisdom tooth. If your wisdom tooth is in good health, with no decay, it presents minimal risk to gum infection. It would be a prudent preventative effort to remove when one is young, as its roots are not fully developed (which means less discomfort during removal).
Despite the fact that wisdom tooth may not present any problems currently, it might lead to further complications such as pericoronitis (a gum inflammation around a partially erupted tooth).
It is certainly a wise move to remove your wisdom tooth. After all, who wants to be one step behind pain and inflammation?
Dr. Melvin Chia of The Wisdom Tooth Clinic, highlighted that wisdom tooth that is coming out properly in a jaw of adequate size need not be removed. However, as Asians tend to be a smaller jaw size, it is necessary to remove the wisdom tooth as it is causing overcrowding. For patients who are in post-braces treatment, the retention of wisdom tooth or partially erupted teeth may potentially lead to future relapse of malocclusion. The need to remove wisdom teeth should be assessed by a trained professional dentist with proper radiography X-rays.