While most people believe that wisdom teeth removal is a necessity, not every patient has to have his wisdom teeth removed. The reason that most dentists suggest having your wisdom teeth removed at an early age is because they are known for causing serious problems when they are fully formed. By removing them before the issues develop, you have one less problem to worry about. In the article below, we will answer the question, “Do I really need to get my wisdom teeth removed?” so you can be prepared for the future.
Potential Problems with Wisdom Teeth
To understand the purpose of wisdom teeth removal, you need to understand the problems that come with wisdom teeth. In many cases, these teeth will not come in properly. They could come in horizontally, or they could cause your mouth to be overcrowded. Some wisdom teeth only come out partially, which creates a pathway between your teeth and your gums. This area is usually hard to brush, so it is the perfect area for bad bacteria to grow in the mouth.
Signs That You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
If you don’t want to go through wisdom teeth removal until it is in fact necessary, watch out for the following signs:
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Repeated infections in the back of the mouth
If you are experiencing any of those as a result of your wisdom teeth, it may be best to have them removed.
Signs That You Can Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
There are occasions where wisdom teeth don’t cause any problems at all. In those situations, you can consider keeping your wisdom teeth for the rest of your life. Here are some signs of unnecessary wisdom teeth removal:
- Your teeth have grown in completely and line up well with other teeth
- You have no issues biting or chewing with your wisdom teeth
- You are able to thoroughly clean your wisdom teeth like you do your other teeth
- Your wisdom teeth and the teeth around them are healthy
We still recommend wisdom teeth removal for most of our patients simply because of how common problems are with them. However, you can assess your personal situation and figure out what will be necessary for you.
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