Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need To Be Removed?

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Most patients have seen countless funny videos of people after wisdom teeth removal and questioned how they would act. It’s likely you have many questions about wisdom teeth as yours or your teenager’s begin to sprout. One may even be if wisdom teeth always need to be removed.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars in the very back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth come in anywhere between the ages of 17 and 25. Most patients grow wisdom teeth, but it is not uncommon for patients to have less than the full set of four.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

While you may have heard that as soon as your wisdom teeth develop, you’ll need them removed, that isn’t always the case. Wisdom teeth removal is dependent upon your symptoms and wisdom teeth growth. We can only determine whether you need oral surgery by performing a thorough oral exam. However, sometimes the answer is obvious if you are experiencing a negative impact on your oral health.

Reasons To Remove Wisdom Teeth

Every patient is different, but these common signs indicate that you may need to remove your wisdom teeth:

  • Your wisdom teeth are impacted below your gums.
  • Your wisdom teeth have changed your bite alignment.
  • Your wisdom teeth only emerged partially.

The above situations can cause oral health issues like gum or jaw infections, pain, overcrowding, and tooth decay. Your wisdom teeth may grow in without causing any of the above problems. Even in these cases, it’s still important to have a thorough dental exam to determine the health of your wisdom teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth that fully erupt, grow straight, and function normally do not require removal!

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Cypress, TX

Are you concerned about wisdom teeth? Give Alder Trails Dental in Cypress, TX a call to schedule a consultation. Dr. Tran can help you make an informed decision on whether or not an extraction is right for you or your family member.

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