Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
If you have wisdom teeth (not everyone gets them) and they are healthy, you probably don’t need to have them removed. Healthy means that they have completely erupted, are not out of proper position or alignment, and they can be easily cleaned as part of your regular oral hygiene routine.
Wisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars and are located in the very back of your mouth. In many cases, this doesn’t allow them to grow properly, which is when they become a problem. This positioning can also cause them to grow at odd angles – sometimes even horizontally.
Other potential problems are that the wisdom teeth don’t erupt fully through the gum or, alternately, they don’t erupt at all. This is what we call an impacted wisdom tooth.
Whether or not a wisdom tooth should be removed can only be decided by your dentist. Partially erupted or impacted wisdom teeth will almost always need to be removed to prevent overcrowding and protect surrounding teeth. It may be better to remove wisdom teeth before they cause problems, but that needs to be decided on a case-by-case basis.
If you have wisdom teeth and are wondering if you need to have them removed, please contact our Temple dental office. Dr. Leung will be happy to consult with you to decide if removal is the best course of action in your particular case.