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8 Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Are you noticing some sensitivity at the back of your mouth? Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that grow in. However, they are no longer necessary for proper chewing and speech functions. Therefore, many people have them removed. Sometimes, when wisdom teeth start to erupt from the gums, they begin to shift and impact the alignment of your teeth and your jaw. This is why taking them out before this can happen is important.
Is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth?In many cases, oral surgeons and dentists will recommend that you get your wisdom teeth removed if they predict that they will cause problems now or in the future. However, there are no benefits to pulling them out if they won’t be causing any problems. Wisdom teeth don’t need to be removed if:
- They are in the right position and will not disrupt your bite
- They are healthy
- They are fully erupted (or completely grown in)
- They are able to be thoroughly cleaned during your daily oral hygiene routine
- Only emerge partially. In these cases, the area would be difficult to see and properly clean. This attracts disease-causing bacteria that are likely to cause oral infections or gum disease.
- They remain completely hidden underneath the gums. If your wisdom teeth do not emerge normally, they will most likely become impacted with your jaw, which can lead to infection. It can also result in a cyst that could cause damage to other teeth or your jaw bone.
- They will crowd adjacent teeth. If your wisdom teeth won’t have enough room to develop properly, then they will crowd and potentially cause damage to neighbouring teeth.
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