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What are Wisdom Teeth?

Since wisdom teeth can come in after your permanent teeth, they often do not have room to grow. This will cause them to become impacted and lead to pain, infection, or other dental problems. When they start to grow in, it’s likely that they will need to be removed to prevent any complications. A dentist or oral surgeon commonly remove these teeth and it’s often recommended to remove them even if they aren’t causing problems.

Benefits of Removal


If you're not sure about having your wisdom teeth removed, consider the benefits of having them taken out by a qualified dentist or surgeon. These teeth may grow at an angle, potentially causing problems for your other teeth. They may also not have enough room to grow normally and become impacted. Finally, they could grow straight but stay trapped within the jawbone.

The benefits of removing wisdom teeth, even ones that aren't causing problems is to prevent them from affecting your overall health and the health of your teeth. For most people, wisdom teeth are not necessary. We already have molars and may have needed additional teeth at one point in time. However, with improvements in dental care, wisdom teeth tend to cause more problems than benefits in most cases.

This is why most dentists will keep an eye on your teeth to note any wisdom teeth growth. They may recommend that you have them removed even before you have any problems. If you don't need these teeth, it's beneficial to remove them sooner rather than waiting. By removing them early, you'll have an easier recovery and also reduce your risk of problems in the future. In some cases your dentist may recommend keeping the wisdom teeth but this is not as common.

Who Should Have Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Before having the procedure completed, your dentist will review the indications and benefits with you. In most cases, wisdom teeth removal is done in teenagers or younger adults. This is a time in life when your wisdom teeth have started to grow but may not have roots or affected the health of your teeth. Since it’s best to be preventative in this area, it’s a good idea to have them removed early rather than waiting for problems.

However, if you don’t have the teeth removed early, you can still have them removed if you’re experiencing problems. Anyone who starts to have problems with their wisdom teeth should also consider having them removed. This could mean that they’re infected or crowding out the other teeth in your mouth. If the tooth requires an in-depth approach, you’ll probably have to undergo a more invasive procedure with a longer recovery time.

Almost anyone can have their wisdom teeth removed. If you have certain health conditions or risk factors, your dentist may send you to a specialist or recommend non-surgical management. However, most people are able to have this procedure done safely with a fairly low recovery time.

After the Surgery

If you’re going to have the surgery, then you’ll probably want to know what to expect after the procedure. As you heal from the procedure, you can expect to see some bleeding from the side. The dentist will put gauze in place to minimize bleeding and this can be replaced periodically. You will also experience some pain from the procedure. You may be able to take normal pain medications or your dentist may prescribe a stronger pain reliever temporarily.

Swelling and bruising to your cheeks is also common. Use ice packs to minimize swelling. It can take a few days and up to a week to resolve. Most people will have to eat a soft diet for a few days but can typically have a normal diet after they recover from the procedure.

Final Thoughts

Although not every person’s wisdom teeth will grow in, they are usually removed by a dentist or surgeon to prevent any problems with your teeth. If you’re concerned about this procedure, check with a surgeon or dentist.