If you have not yet already had your wisdom teeth taken out, you may be wondering if you need to have them removed. While it is not written in stone that you must have them removed, under certain circumstances, it is better for your oral health. Let’s find out why.
Do Wisdom Teeth Make You Smarter?
That’s a trick question, but in case you ever wondered where the name came from, it is because they come in later in life when you are smarter.
Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 16 and 24, and when they do, you should heed the advice of Dr. Robinette about the need for their removal.
When Wisdom Teeth Don’t Need to Be Removed
If the tooth is healthy, grows in completely, is positioned correctly, biting properly with opposing teeth, and able to be cleaned at home with a proper oral hygiene regimen, there is no need to remove the tooth. Again, speak with Dr. Robinette for professional advice.
Why Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed
The specific reasons wisdom teeth are removed fall into several categories.
It Will Not Be A Functional Tooth
That means it is coming in sideways or incorrectly. X-rays are taken to see how the tooth is positioned. It may be impacting the next tooth. It could move other teeth around leading to bite issues and pain.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
This means they have not fully erupted or have come through the gums. This is a problem because it can push against other teeth causing pain, be difficult to clean, and trap food and bacteria leading to infection and gum disease.
This is a tooth which only partially breaks through the gums. There may not be enough space in your mouth for the tooth to come out completely or it’s too short. With the tooth below the gumline, there can be irritation and pain, and gum infections are probable.
In this case the tooth may be longer than the other teeth causing irritation in the cheek and an unbalanced bite.
A Crowded Mouth
If you have a small jaw there may not be any room for more teeth. This can lead to TMJ and teeth grinding along with ulcers in the cheek.
Early Intervention Is Best
Seeing Dr. Robinette in your mid to late teens can give you a heads up about whether you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed. It is easier to do this early in the process.