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While wisdom teeth were once needed to help ancient inhabitants consume a diet of tough foods and withstand the effects of tooth loss, they are no longer necessary to your oral function. Wisdom teeth often need to be removed to protect your smile from oral health problems.

If wisdom teeth don’t have enough space, they can develop into a condition known as impaction when the teeth erupt sideways or can’t erupt at all. In this case, the teeth may need to be removed to avoid putting undue pressure on the other molars.

Wisdom teeth, no matter how healthy, can still experience a buildup of plaque and tartar, which can be hard to clean due to the location of the teeth, and you may be more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease.

Dr. Sandra L. Parker may recommend extracting your wisdom teeth now because they can become partially fused to the bone structure, leading to a more difficult extraction if they need to come out in the future. As a result, you could experience a longer recovery time.

To schedule a consultation with our dentist regarding wisdom tooth removal in Anaheim, California, please contact Sandra L. Parker DDS Inc at 714-289-0421 today. We look forward to helping you make healthy choices for your smile!