Do We Really Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
For a long time, people needed their wisdom teeth for normal chewing. They erupt between the ages of 12 to 25, and during this period some doctors recommend removing them. But is it really necessary?
Bright Side analyzed different opinions on this issue. Here’s what you need to know in order to make the right decision.
- If they’re healthy (there’s no tooth decay, the gums around them aren’t inflamed).
- Fully erupted.
- Properly located and not interfering with the normal functioning of the neighboring teeth.
- They’re easy to clean during daily oral hygiene.
- Teeth are completely hidden under the gum but cannot erupt. In this case, they can contribute to the formation of a cyst, which can destroy the roots of neighboring teeth.
- The teeth didn’t fully erupt. Difficulties with their hygiene and, as a result, a large accumulation of bacteria can lead to various oral cavity diseases.
- If there’s not enough space for a tooth (adjacent teeth are situated too tightly), the erupting wisdom tooth risks damaging the neighboring teeth.
- If you feel pain in the area of a wisdom tooth.
- Soft tissues next to the wisdom tooth are often infected.
- Tumors are formed.
- There’s gum inflammation.
- There is tooth decay on the adjacent teeth, and they begin to break.
There’s nothing wrong with leaving wisdom teeth if you regularly visit a dentist and have jaw x-rays. In this case, you can learn about a possible problem (improper wisdom tooth growth) in advance and, in order to avoid it, have surgery to remove it. Doctors recommend doing this as soon as possible because after you turn 25, all the bone tissues are finally formed, so the teeth are more difficult to remove, and the tissues heal more slowly.