Factors That Determine if You Can Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
Posted on 8/24/2020 by Alyce
Wisdom teeth are the third molars located at the back of your mouth. They are usually the last teeth to erupt and don't often grow in until around late teens-early twenties. Wisdom teeth are commonly removed because they don't always have enough room to grow properly. However, is preventative surgery always necessary?
Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are commonly removed to prevent any future dental issues; however, you may want to consider keeping your wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are healthy, there is no reason to say that they will cause you any problems in the future.
Wisdom teeth don't cause everyone problems or tooth pain, so when you are considering surgery to remove them, you may want to think about whether having surgery to prevent an issue that may not occur is for you.
You may be able to keep your wisdom teeth, if they are healthy, fully erupted, and correctly positioned. If your wisdom teeth are healthy and you are free from any pain or discomfort, it is important to be able to keep them clean. As they are so far back, it may be difficult reaching them, but it is vital for maintaining their health.
When Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed
You may find it difficult maintaining the health of your wisdom teeth, as they are so far back in your mouth that they can often be hard to clean. Like your other teeth, if you are not able to keep your wisdom teeth clean then problems can develop.
Wisdom teeth are known for not always growing in correctly and causing problems over time. Some wisdom teeth may not ever fully erupt, which can cause infections if they get trapped or hidden in the gums. If your wisdom teeth do fully grow in, they may do so at an awkward angle and overcrowd neighboring teeth.
It is important to consider whether it's beneficial to you to have your wisdom teeth removed as preventative care, before they have the chance to develop any dental problems. To find out more about your wisdom teeth and their health, call our office to schedule an appointment.
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