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Posted on 12/20/2019 by Aghera
|A lot of people get their wisdom teeth out when they are in their teens or early twenties. It seems to be a routine right of passage.
However, many people are now asking an interesting question- do I have to get my wisdom teeth removed? The answer is- maybe not. If you are thinking that you want to keep your wisdom teeth, we have some insights.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. They are called wisdom teeth because they are the last set of teeth to come in. The idea is that you are older and wiser when they come in- hence the term “wisdom teeth”. Researchers believe that in the past, that third set of molars was vital for chewing and grinding food. Now, these molars aren't necessary.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Have to Be Removed?
Many people never get their wisdom teeth at all. Researchers think that about 35% of people don't have any wisdom teeth at all. About 25% of people have fewer than four wisdom teeth. However, for some people, wisdom teeth become impacted, or stuck, in the jawbone or the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause all kinds of trouble. They can lead to jaw pain and headaches. If these impacted teeth aren't removed, they can become abscessed, which leads to real pain and infections.
However, if your wisdom teeth are healthy, there's no reason to remove them if they are not causing you pain. In fact, some research suggests that keeping the wisdom teeth if they are healthy benefits you in the long run. Do you have questions about your wisdom teeth? Do you need advice on what to do? Why not give us a call today, and let us talk to you about those wisdom teeth. We can help you make a decision about whether you can keep your teeth or whether they need to come out. Call us today.