Do I Have To Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

As you grow older, you may think that the teeth you have will be the only teeth you will ever have. Yes, they are but there is a strong possibility that there will be an addition – your wisdom teeth. Even when you are already an adult, your wisdom tooth can erupt. So, what are wisdom teeth? Does everyone have one? Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars located at the very back of your mouth. However, not everyone will have wisdom teeth. In fact, wisdom teeth are the most commonly missing teeth.

When people hear about wisdom teeth, their initial reaction is to remove it. While you have the choice to either keep it or remove it, it would be best if you have your dentist check them first, especially if you are between 16 and 19 years old. Generally, your dentist will suggest to have your wisdom teeth removed if it is causing you pain or infection. During these years, your teeth are softer and because you’re younger, you tend to heal fast so removing your wisdom teeth during this age is recommended. 

Reasons to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Deciding whether to remove your wisdom teeth or to keep it is never easy. To help you come up with a decision, below are the top reasons why you might like to have your wisdom teeth removed. 


  • Impacted teeth
    This is the most common reason why you would like to have your wisdom teeth removed. Impacted teeth happen when your wisdom teeth weren’t able to fully come out of your gums. It can be very painful and may cause swelling and bleeding in your gums. The inflammation in your gums could also result in foul-smelling breath. Worse, an infection could build up resulting in damage to the nearby structures.


  • Overcrowding
    Nobody likes a set of teeth that are crowding in an area. Aside from the fact that it is unpleasant to look at, it could also cause damage to the nearby teeth. Wisdom teeth can push other teeth which may result in misalignment of teeth. If your career revolves around public speaking and relations, then removing your wisdom teeth to avoid overcrowding is the best option.


  • Cavities built up in wisdom teeth
    This is a common problem with wisdom teeth since they are located in the innermost part of the mouth making them hard to clean. Problems associated with building up of cavities include tooth decay, foul-smelling breath, and damage to the surrounding teeth. So to avoid these from happening, better have the wisdom teeth removed with the initial signs of cavities.

Wisdom teeth that are healthy and don’t cause any teeth crowding or cause your other tooth to move might not require removal at all. They will not cause any problems, especially when you are already older than 30. However, should you decide to keep your wisdom teeth, make sure to brush them well and don’t forget to floss them as well. And don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly as well to prevent future dental problems due to your wisdom teeth. 

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