“Do I really need to get my wisdom teeth removed?” The answer varies from patient to patient, but the short answer may surprise you. While many people are used to having their wisdom teeth removed as teenagers, even before they erupt, sometimes wisdom teeth do not need to be extracted. X-rays help our Placerville dentists determine just what’s in the future for your wisdom teeth.
For example, a very small number of people are born without wisdom teeth! Others have enough room in their mouths for wisdom teeth to erupt. But many of us get our wisdom teeth taken out as teenagers and young adults. In that case, there simply isn’t enough room in the jaw to accommodate four more teeth, two on top, and two on the bottom.
Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any pain or other problems now, they may lead to complications later, so usually it’s best to remove them when patients are young and before the teeth have strong roots. Younger patients also take less time to recover from oral surgery. And believe us when we say that experience drives our decision-making when it comes to advising that wisdom teeth remain or be removed.
If you are fortunate enough to have your wisdom teeth without complications, good for you! Take extra care of your wisdom teeth and be sure to let our Placerville dentists know if you begin to experience any pain in association with these third molars. If you have further questions about wisdom teeth extraction, check out our website or call us to schedule a consultation. We’re here to help our Placerville patients have the best dental health possible!