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When Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

When Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to come in. Many people have these final four teeth come in with no problems at all, but that’s certainly not true for everyone. Some people will never get their wisdom teeth in and for a variety of reasons.

Some people will never even develop wisdom teeth. For these people, there will not be an extra set of molars in the back nor will there be any problems associated with the eruption of these teeth. Others will have between one and four wisdom teeth waiting to show. When there is not enough room in the mouth, the wisdom teeth may need to be removed, sometimes before they even begin erupting from beneath the gums.

Without enough room in the mouth, wisdom teeth become impacted. This means that they will not grow in, or they may only show partially. Wisdom teeth may try to come in sideways in order to fit in the mouth. However, this can cause problems with your overall oral health, affecting the nearby molars and gums. In order to reduce potential damage to other molars or to prevent infection or gum disease, your dentist may decide it is best to remove your wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are removed through tooth extraction. Depending on the growth of these teeth, you may be able to have them removed at your dentist’s office or you may need to go to a specialist, such as an oral surgeon.

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