Are You Wise To Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?

Look into your mouth. You may see the emergence of a third set of molars at the back. Wisdom teeth are usually the very last set of teeth to appear during the teenage years or when entering adulthood. For years, people would go to the dentist to have these tooth removed even if they are not experiencing any discomfort. More recently, people are opting to not undergo surgery to have wisdom teeth removed.

Should Wisdom Teeth Come Out?

It depends on each individual’s mouth and how the wisdom teeth are emerging. Impacted wisdom teeth where they have only partially emerged can invite disease, inflamed gums and pain. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough room in your mouth for the wisdom teeth. They will push and crowd the other teeth in the mouth. The rest of the teeth can become misaligned while ruining any previous dental work that you may have had done.

If the impacted tooth is covered by a flap of gum, pieces of food can become trapped underneath. This trapped food may cause bacteria growth, tooth decay, and infections called pericoronitis. Other problems, such as cysts, can develop along the wisdom teeth. The cysts can damage bone, nerves and teeth.

Have your wisdom teeth removed by a dentist if experiencing any of the above problems. The dentist may remove one tooth or several depending on the health of the wisdom teeth.

When Don’t You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Most wisdom teeth can lead to future problems. Yet if the tooth has fully emerged correctly, the dentist may decide to leave it there. The dentist may also leave wisdom teeth if they are not crowding the other teeth or affecting your bite. Another reason a wisdom tooth may not be removed is that the tooth is completely healthy and you can perform oral cleanings to it. Your dentist will monitor wisdom teeth continually to spot any possible problems.

Contact our office today if you have questions about your wisdom teeth. We can give you the best options based on your oral health needs.

This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our Marshfield, MA, dental office would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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