When should I remove my wisdom teeth?

Very often we hear the question: “Should I remove my wisdom teeth?”

Some dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth if they don’t fully erupt or if they grow near the nerve of the lower jaw. Many dentists believe it’s better to remove wisdom teeth before the roots are fully formed, when someone is younger and more likely to recover faster from surgery. This is why some young adults have their wisdom teeth pulled before the teeth cause problems and become more firmly rooted in the jaw.

Wisdom teeth can present potential problems when they are misaligned as they can position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars. They can be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage neighbouring teeth, the jawbone or nerves. Wisdom teeth that lean toward the second molars can make those teeth more vulnerable to decay by entrapping plaque and debris.

Wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as:

  • Pain
  • Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
  • Tumors
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
  • Gum disease
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Extensive tooth decay

The decision to remove wisdom teeth is not always clear. Talk to your dentist  about the position and health of your wisdom teeth and what’s best for your situation.

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