Meet Your Wisdom Teeth: The Truths and Untruths About Third Molars

Most people associate their third molars (wisdom teeth) with the standard, seemingly inevitable removal procedure. While that is true in most cases, your dentist in Leesburg, VA may let you keep yours in if they aren’t causing any harm. There are a lot of misconceptions about wisdom teeth, so this blog is designed to clear some of them up for you.

Why Wisdom Teeth Commonly Get Removed

Wisdom teeth are generally the last ones to come in, and sometimes they don’t even show up! Leesburg dentists often find people who have 28 permanent teeth may never have wisdom teeth erupt because there’s no room for them to come in.

The removal of wisdom teeth commonly occurs when they can’t come in at the right angle.  When a tooth cannot erupt in the right space it can cause pain and often creates a serious misalignment of the tooth which can make it difficult to clean. Since it’s hard to predict how wisdom teeth will grow and erupt many people take a preventative approach and have them removed.

When to Remove Wisdom Teeth

There isn’t a certain age you have to have wisdom teeth removed by. They could be problematic as early as your teenage years or even as late as your forties or fifties.  Many people wait until pain begins before they decide to get theirs removed, but that may not be the best idea.

Is It Necessary to Always Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The answer is NO, it is not always necessary to remove wisdom teeth.  Your dentist in Leesburg, VA will evaluate and make suggestions about your wisdom teeth early on. Even if they aren’t causing you problems now, it doesn’t mean they won’t in the near future. It may not be necessary to remove them, but you should be informed of the possible complications that can occur by keeping them.

As always, contact us for an examination and recommendations on your wisdom teeth!