Whether you were naturally graced with a straight smile or achieved one through orthodontic treatment, it’s important to consider wisdom teeth extraction in order to keep your smile looking its best.
Impacted wisdom teeth can interfere with the alignment of your teeth as they continue to attempt to erupt into a jaw that does not have enough room to accommodate them. The teeth that are already in your mouth will still shift to try to make space for the wisdom teeth, though. The end result of this process can be a crooked smile.
However, if you have an oral surgeon remove your impacted wisdom teeth before it reaches this point, you can avoid this outcome and keep your smile perfectly aligned.
Why choose an oral surgeon?
An oral surgeon typically removes impacted wisdom teeth because it is often necessary to remove surrounding bone before the tooth can be removed. This procedure can’t be completed via a simple extraction. However, the surgery is performed in an outpatient setting and the patient usually can get back to a normal routine within a matter of days.
There are some considerations for the timing of wisdom teeth extraction, in addition to having them removed before there is any identifiable change in your smile’s alignment. It is recommended that patients have their wisdom teeth removed before their mid-20s, because the procedure is more straightforward and recovery more predictable in younger patients.
Other Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
In addition to preserving your smile’s appearance, wisdom teeth extraction provides patients with other benefits as well. Impacted wisdom teeth are more susceptible to issues like infection, abscesses, cysts and tumors. It’s impossible to predict when these issues may develop, so many patients choose wisdom teeth extraction proactively before they experience symptoms.
Don’t risk having to re-do years of orthodontic treatment or having to get braces for the first time because impacted wisdom teeth have pushed your teeth out of alignment. Call our team at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation.