When is the Right Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Published:September 9th, 2011

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Some people have their wisdom teeth removed because they feel that it serves no practical function. Since there is limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt and it’s so far into the mouth, it could become difficult to clean and it can cause bacteria. This could only cause infection and inflammation.

However, it is not always necessary to remove especially if:
• it is healthy
• fully mature which means it has grown out completely and in perfect place
• easily cleanable with brushing, flossing, and mouthwash

We are not saying it’s a bad idea to have it removed, we’re just saying you need to think about it first. If it’s not broken, why fix it?

It is understandable, though, to try and prevent any complication. The wisdom teeth grow at the farthest end of your mouth and serves as the third molars. The tightness often causes the wisdom teeth to grow with problems and pain. This could destroy your teeth altogether. Other wisdom teeth only partially grow and some remain hidden.

The ones that remain hidden are often the ones that could cause problem. It can become impacted, or trapped, within your jaw. This is when dentists recommend that it be removed before it completely comes out.

It is always wiser to have it removed when the patient is younger. Younger people recover quickly and since this is an actual surgery, it would be better to remove it when it is not yet firmly rooted in the jaw. Below are some more reasons for the wisdom teeth to be removed:

• when it grows in a bad position that would make cleaning it thoroughly impossible. When it is not cleaned properly, it can trap food that could cause cavities and foul odor
• delayed growth would almost always cause a crooked teeth that could destroy not only the aesthetics of your teeth but also its overall health. It could push other teeth
• if the wisdom teeth remains hidden, afluid-filled sac (cyst) develops which can damage tissue or bone

Remember that you shouldn’t make any decision without consulting your doctor.

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