In the United States, surgeons remove about 10 million wisdom teeth every single year. But one question we get from our patients is if it’s really necessary for them to undergo wisdom teeth extraction. Pasadena patients sometimes have wisdom teeth coming in that don’t cause them any pain or discomfort. So why should they have them removed?
This is an excellent question and one that is difficult to answer because it often depends on your unique situation and your teeth. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the reasons why our Pasadena patients choose to get their wisdom teeth removed. We’ll also look at how wisdom teeth come in and some of the common issues that can develop when they do. If your wisdom teeth are coming in and you’re curious about whether or not you should get them removed, call Lytle, Tate & Stamper today at 626-792-3161. Feel free to take a look through some of our Success Stories to get a better idea of the incredible experience that our patients get.
When to Get Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Pasadena teens and college students are the most common patients for wisdom teeth removal. It’s almost a rite of passage these days. But is it always necessary? The answer, of course, is no. It’s not always necessary to get your wisdom teeth removed. However, there are several painful (and costly) issues that you could avoid by doing so.
- Cavities – If your wisdom teeth do come in normally, they are very difficult to clean — leading to cavities. However, filling these cavities is counterproductive since the teeth will likely continue to get more.
- Impacted teeth – The biggest risk for wisdom teeth is that they become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can grow towards other teeth, cause infections, create bleeding gums, and even cause jaw pain. By undergoing wisdom teeth extraction, Pasadena patients can avoid many of those issues–even if you have no symptoms right now.
- Orthodontists – Another concern for some of our patients is that their wisdom teeth might move their teeth. This is especially true for patients that have spent time, finances, and discomfort using braces to straighten their teeth.
- TMJ – The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. In some cases, the wisdom teeth can grow in odd angles and cause pain and other issues with opening your jaw.
Why Choose Lytle, Tate & Stamper for Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Pasadena dentists throughout Southern California have been sending their patients to Lytle, Tate & Stamper for oral surgery for over 30 years. Not only do their patients get some of the world’s premier surgical expertise, but they also get a gentle, respectful, and totally transparent experience. Our surgeons are some of the most well-respected in the region and are current or former presidents of some of the most respected dental institutions, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
If you’re hoping to work with some of the most elite oral surgeons in the state, make sure you call Lytle, Tate & Stamper today at 626-792-3161. We would love to talk with you and learn more about how we can help.