Extraction: Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to be Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars and are the last to erupt in the back of the jaw. This happens for most people between the age of 18 and 21. And because of a strange quirk of evolution, the majority of people do need to have their wisdom teeth removed. However, each person is different and so there are situations when an extraction may not be necessary.

Here are some reasons your dentist will choose not to remove your wisdom teeth:

1. The teeth work. The wisdom teeth have come in and are functional—meaning they provide a good chewing surface.

2. The teeth are healthy. The teeth are healthy, and do not have cavities.

3. The teeth have space. Have come into the mouth with enough space to exist without disrupting the other teeth.

Here are some reasons your dentist WILL remove your wisdom teeth:

1. There is a cyst. A cyst has formed inside the jawbone and could be prone to infection.

2. The teeth are impacted. The wisdom teeth are stuck or impacted, and cannot erupt. They could push the other teeth out of alignment and/or they can get infected.

3. The teeth are crooked. The wisdom teeth are coming up, but they are at an angle which will disrupt the other teeth, causing additional issues.

4. No space. There is not enough room in the mouth for additional teeth.

Your dentist will take x-rays and do a thorough exam in order to make a recommendation as to when and if wisdom teeth extraction is necessary for you. If you have any questions, please give us a call today.

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