Getting your wisdom teeth removed has become a sort of rite of passage – but not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Let’s find out if you need this procedure and what can happen if you keep your wisdom teeth.
Not to disappoint you, but…No, wisdom teeth do not make you smarter. Wisdom teeth get their name because they usually come in when you are older, and one would hope, wiser. You can expect these teeth around the ages of 17 to 21. These teeth are located behind all your other teeth, in the very back of your mouth. You can expect two on the top and two on the bottom. Although, this isn’t the case for everyone. Wisdom teeth are molars and complete your set of 32 adult teeth. These molars are the toughest of them all, used to grind food, which is why they are wide, and sometimes cause a lot of problems. These wisdom teeth problems are why, more often than not, they need to be removed.
Here are the four main reasons why your dentist may say you need your wisdom teeth
1. They are impacted: This means your wisdom teeth cannot come in properly. Most often they lie horizontally, instead of upright, and remain below the gumline. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain.
2. They come in at the wrong angle: By not coming in straight and upright, they can push against and damage your surrounding teeth.
3. Your mouth isn’t big enough: Simply put, your jaw does not have enough room for an extra set of molars. Some people theorize that this is because our jaws have changed over time from our diets.
4. You can’t maintain optimal oral health: If you can’t reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush and floss, then you are going to be more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
If you ignore your dentist’s advice and keep your wisdom teeth, then you will be putting your smile and health at risk. Be sure to at least participate in your dentist’s recommended preventative care. Always schedule a consult, consults are always free! Schedule an appointment today.