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Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?


Often referred to as third molars, our wisdom teeth have a common connotation with removal and surgery. These large teeth in the back of your mouth usually erupt or break through the gums during early adulthood. But do you have to have them removed? Or can you keep your wisdom teeth?

The easy answer is “No.” You do not have to have your wisdom teeth removed, but many people do. Let’s look at some of the factors professionals use to help you decide if you can keep your wisdom teeth or need to have them extracted.

Keep Them!

Several factors might indicate that you can keep your wisdom teeth forever.

  • Jaw Size: If your mouth is larger, you might have room for the third set of molars in the back of your jaw. Those who fall into this category may be able to safely keep their wisdom teeth.

  • Tooth Size: For many people, wisdom teeth might not be sustainable due to their size. If the root structures are solid and functional, your dental professional may determine that your wisdom teeth are not at risk for tooth loss due to underdeveloped roots.

  • Cleanability: The ability to clean your wisdom teeth is possibly the most critical factor in deciding whether to keep them or pull them out. If the wisdom teeth are easy to reach, brush, and floss around, you might be able to keep them for a lifetime.

Pull Them Out!

On the flip side, there are several reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed.

  • Risk Oral Discomfort: Many people choose to have their wisdom teeth removed due to pain or discomfort associated with leaving them in.

  • Impacted Teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth are quite common. If your teeth are impacted, they are either partially or entirely buried in the soft tissue of the jawbone. If this is the case, they are more susceptible to disease and other issues.

  • Risk of Tooth Decay: Some people have a higher risk of cavities, and the location of your wisdom teeth makes them naturally harder to clean. Because the teeth are so far back in your mouth and possibly impacted, the wisdom teeth might be at risk of tooth decay. Additionally, removing wisdom teeth can lower your risk of gum disease.

  • Poor Fit: It is possible that due to crowding, your wisdom teeth will not fit in your mouth. In addition, your dental professional will check to see if the third molars line up and fit your natural bite.

Many people wait until they have a problem with their wisdom teeth before discussing their removal with their dental professional. Unfortunately, waiting for an issue can put you at risk of dangerous infections and pain. We recommend a quick consultation with your dentist to determine if you should keep your wisdom teeth.

If it is time for you to have a regular check-up or think you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed, reach out to Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with all your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.

 

Sources: https://www.premierdentalohio.com/blog/wisdom-teeth-extraction

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/is-it-always-best-to-have-your-wisdom-teeth-removed/