Very few of us grow up hoping to have teeth removed! However, for many of us, it’s a fact of life. Having wisdom teeth removed can sometimes be a “rite of passage”. There are many reasons that wisdom teeth, also called 3rd molars, are removed. Regardless the reason, if your dentist recommends having them extracted, you’re not alone! Here are a few reasons this procedure is so common!
Your mouth only has so much real estate for your teeth to share. Sometimes you have late comers to the party (3rd molars) that simply make it difficult to exist in peace. A beautiful adolescent smile can be wrecked by the presence of wisdom teeth. The overcrowding situation causes an otherwise perfect smile to become crooked in no time leading to the need for orthodontics if not caught in time.
DECAY AND HARD TO CLEAN
The teeth in the back corners of your mouth are notoriously difficult to keep clean, especially along the gum line. Failing to properly care for your wisdom teeth can lead to serious decay issues. Cavities and gum disease are common when teeth are improperly cleaned. Oftentimes, this is enough reason alone to consider having your 3rd molars extracted.
Most of us that have had our wisdom teeth removed agree that the pain of an impacted 3rd molar is not to be taken lightly! Once they begin to grow and attempt to move into their normal position, the pain can be excruciating if you don’t have room for them to erupt as designed. Impacted wisdom teeth are very common. One Swedish study in 2010 found that 72% of those aged 20 to 30 years had at least one of their wisdom teeth impacted.
Should you have yours removed? That’s a personal decision based on the recommendations of your dentist. If you feel your 3rd molars may be a problem, don’t hesitate to consult your family dentist!