The last four molars erupt at the back of your mouth, referred to as wisdom teeth. These molars erupt at the wrong angles or get stuck underneath the gum in most cases. Dentists advise their patients to remove their wisdom teeth as soon as they appear.
As humans evolved, they reduced certain parts of their skeletal structure. The most apparent change in the global population is reducing jaw and tooth sizes. That’s why many people suffer from impacted wisdom teeth, and some people still have room for their wisdom teeth to emerge fully.
In such situations, you will only experience slight discomfort as your gum erupts to allow your wisdom teeth to erupt. After a few days, this discomfort will go away once the gum has healed. But this doesn’t mean that your wisdom teeth won’t cause problems in the future. There are many cases of people whose wisdom teeth don’t cause any issues until late in their 50s and 60s. So, most dentists recommend the removal of wisdom teeth as soon as they erupt, regardless of their condition.
What Happens If You Don’t Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?
If you don’t get rid of your wisdom teeth as soon as they erupt, they are likely to cause overcrowding of teeth in your mouth. This is very common in people with small jaws, which don’t have enough space for the other teeth to develop freely. So, your teeth will soon begin to overlap, altering your current dental formula. Sometimes this problem will change your facial structure.
Sores and Infections
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they’ll cause sores on your gums and expose them to infection. The open gums will trap food particles, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This may lead to severe gum infections and decay of the neighboring healthy teeth.
If your gums don’t heal properly, they will cause the resorption of your healthy teeth. Teeth resorption occurs when the outer part of your tooth is lost, while internal resorption begins from the root canal and destroys the surrounding tooth structure.