You may realize that removing the wisdom teeth will eliminate potential discomfort and protect your smile’s appearance. Did you know that wisdom teeth removal can also protect you from gum disease? It’s true!

When the wisdom teeth are impacted or partially erupted, it is difficult to keep them clean. Their location at the rear of the mouth presents an additional challenge to oral hygiene.

If the wisdom teeth are not extracted, bacteria will collect in the area. Eventually, that bacteria will attack the gums and cause periodontal disease. The bacteria can easily spread to surrounding teeth as well.

For this reason, having your wisdom teeth extracted by our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons can offer a level of protection against periodontal disease. 

Wisdom teeth removal is one of many steps you can take to prevent gum disease.

Patients usually turn to an oral surgeon for wisdom tooth extraction due to the complex nature of removing wisdom teeth, which definitely should not be left to a general dentist. It’s best to have your wisdom teeth removed by age 25, as the procedure can be more difficult and entail a longer recovery time for older patients.

Advanced gum disease can lead to devastating outcomes, including bone loss and tooth loss. The effects of gum disease are not limited to the mouth either. Inflammation of the gum tissue aggravates other organs and has a systemic effect.  For example, there is a link between that oral inflammation and heart disease as well as stroke. Additionally, research has uncovered a correlation between gum disease and other issues like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and problems with pregnancy.

Wisdom teeth removal is one of many steps you can take to prevent gum disease. Keep up with a good home oral hygiene routine and regular dental appointments, and give up your smoking habit if you have one to further reduce your risk.

Gum disease can have serious consequences for your oral and overall health, and having your wisdom teeth removed will eliminate a risk factor for this condition. If you are older than your early teen years and still have your wisdom teeth, do not wait to show and feel symptoms, but rather contact the Chicago office of Dr. Steven Koos DDS, MD and schedule an initial evaluation to begin planning for their comfortable extraction.