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  • Writer's pictureKelly White

Why Wisdom Teeth Can Be a Painful Problem: Understanding the Issues and Risks

While not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, it's important to be aware of the potential issues they can cause. For example, wisdom teeth can interfere with your bite, causing discomfort and difficulty when eating. They can also cause cysts, tumors, and periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth decay and even loss.

Another potential issue with wisdom teeth is that they can pose a risk to the molars they are adjacent to. This is because they can push against the neighboring teeth, causing them to shift or become misaligned. In some cases, this can lead to the need for orthodontic treatment to correct the issue.

Additionally, wisdom teeth can cause TMJ disorders, which can lead to pain in the jaw, headaches, and even difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Some people also experience significant pain because of complications that wisdom teeth create when they erupt, making it difficult to chew or even talk.

That being said, not all dentists agree about wisdom teeth. Some advise that they need to be removed to avoid potential problems, while others believe that they should be addressed only if problems occur. Ultimately, the decision to remove your wisdom teeth should be based on your dentist's recommendation, taking into account your overall dental health and the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.

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