Olive Chapel Family Dentistry
Dustin J. Prusik, DDS

Do I Really Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Wisdom Teeth Extraction | Olive Chapel Family Dentistry | Apex, NC

Learning that you need to have teeth removed may feel like it's not good news. However, a wisdom tooth removal in Apex, NC is actually very common, and there are many explanations why you would want to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Here are some of the reasons your dentist may recommend removing a wisdom tooth.

Crowding

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars to arrive, and they come in behind your second molars at the very back of your mouth where there's typically not a lot of space left. If your wisdom teeth can't fit properly, they may begin to crowd other teeth and cause them to move or shift. This could result in ruining orthodontic treatment that took many months or years to complete.

Impaction

Some wisdom teeth don't come in at all and remain stuck beneath the gum line or impacted. This may seem like an ideal solution since they won't crowd your teeth; however, an impacted tooth can result in an infection, so it's best to have them removed.

Can You Keep Them Clean?

Because they are located so far at the back of your mouth, wisdom teeth can be more difficult to brush and floss. When you can't keep them cleaned properly, your risk of developing concerns like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities.

Did They Come in Correctly?

If your wisdom teeth come in at an odd angle, they could impact neighboring teeth. They might push or crowd other teeth if they don't arrive in a straight position. 

Dr. Prusik is happy to perform a thorough examination to help determine if wisdom teeth removal is right for your situation. He can also support most patients with their extractions in the comfort of our Apex, NC dental office. Give Olive Chapel Family Dentistry a call today to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation with Dr. Prusik.