When Is It Necessary to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
The other day, one of our lovely patients, Alfred from Waurn Ponds, came in for a regular check-up and clean. During our session, he mentioned that he recently saw a few stories on social media about wisdom teeth removal, and he asked me, “Hey Dr Tristen, curious… when is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth?”
This is a question I get often, so I decided to make this short video sharing with you what I shared with Alfred.
So, when is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that usually appear in the late teens or early twenties. While they can be useful for chewing and biting, they can also cause a lot of problems if they don’t come in properly.
The most common reason to remove wisdom teeth is due to impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when they don’t have enough room to emerge properly and end up growing in a sideways or angled direction. This can cause pain, swelling, and infection.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw, mouth, or gums, it’s important to see a dentist to determine if your wisdom teeth are causing the problem and recommend the appropriate course of action.
It’s also important to note that not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some people have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to emerge properly and function without any problems. In these cases, the wisdom teeth can be left in place.
So, when is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth? The answer is, it depends. If your wisdom teeth are causing pain, swelling, infection, or damage to adjacent gum or teeth, it’s likely that they need to be removed. However, if your wisdom teeth are healthy and not causing problems, they can be left in place.
I hope you’ve found this short video helpful and have gained a better understanding of wisdom teeth extraction.
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort? Our team here at Dove Dental would love to help and look after you.
The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.