Although wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure for teenagers, many people grow into adulthood with their wisdom teeth. Whether their wisdom teeth are impacted or have erupted, adults should monitor them and practice good wisdom tooth care. Wisdom teeth require extra attention because:
- Their unique placement in the mouth can make exposed wisdom teeth especially difficult to floss, resulting in them being more susceptible to cavities, disease and decay.
- Limited room in the mouth could result in crowding or damage to adjacent teeth as wisdom teeth erupt.
- Cysts or tumors can grow around the impacted wisdom teeth, leading to more serious problems.
How to Monitor Wisdom Teeth
Practicing good wisdom tooth care includes regular brushing and flossing, but patients should spend some time monitoring the areas around the wisdom teeth. Pay extra attention when brushing around the gumline to remove any soft debris and discourage plaque formation. Try to notice if it becomes easier or more difficult to floss between the teeth. Even if you practice excellent oral hygiene, it is still important for a professional to examine your wisdom teeth and determine if it’s time to have them removed. Proper wisdom teeth monitoring should include:
- Regular professional cleanings
- Annual check-ups
- Periodic X-rays
Remember that when caring for wisdom teeth, pain-free does not necessarily mean disease-free.
When Wisdom Teeth Removal is Necessary
- Periodontal disease or other infections
- Cysts or tumors
- Cavities that can’t be restored
- Damage to neighboring teeth
Article Courtesy of AAOMS, https://myoms.org/
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