Wisdom teeth are the last third molars to erupt at the back of your mouth. These four large and flat molars usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. While these teeth were useful to our ancestors because they enabled them to chew tough and raw foods like meat, they are no longer applicable today.

Furthermore, our jaws have condensed over time, leaving little room for wisdom teeth to erupt properly. That’s why dentists recommend the removal of wisdom teeth as soon as they erupt. The sooner you remove your wisdom teeth, the fewer oral complications you are likely to have. This article talks about the likely wisdom teeth problems that are likely to occur after 40 years.

What Happens If You Don’t Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Although removing all your wisdom teeth, even when they are not problematic, seems unrealistic, it is beneficial in many ways. For instance, it will help you to avoid any potential oral complications that may occur in the future due to impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth become impacted when they erupt at a wrong angle or fail to erupt fully, leaving your gum open. At the age of 40 years, your wisdom teeth are firmly entrenched in your jawbone, making them difficult and risky to remove.

Removing your wisdom teeth after 40 years is risky because the neighboring nerves may be damaged in the process, causing even more serious problems. Also, it will take the dentist a long time to extract the teeth because they are firmly attached to the jawbone. If the dentist is not careful when removing your wisdom teeth after the age of 40, they will end up damaging your jawbone. Moreover, it will take a long for your gums to heal after the teeth extraction because your immune system is weak.

Can Wisdom Teeth Develop Complications After 40?

Your wisdom may not present any problems until you are 40 years old. One of the most common wisdom teeth problems that occur after 40 is chronic pain. This pain can be triggered by many things, including pressure on wisdom teeth nerves. If this happens, you need to see your dentist immediately for advice.

Another common problem of wisdom teeth after 40 is gum infection and tooth decay. If your wisdom teeth erupted partially or at the wrong angle, they will open your gumswould, allowing bacteria to grow. This will lead to infections and cavities in your wisdom teeth and neighboring teeth.

For more information on wisdom teeth, talk to Dr. Sikes today.