January 22, 2015
For decades, wisdom teeth removal has been common practice and a sort of right of passage for young adults and youth. But do you really need to get your wisdom teeth extracted?
Wisdom teeth are your third molars at the very back of your mouth and they typically appear and begin “growing in” in a person’s late teens or early twenties (when we’re supposed to be getting wiser!). These teeth are sort of leftover from the time of our ancient ancestors who had larger jaws and needed the extra teeth to help grind down raw plant matter for easier digestion. Of course, these days we don’t really NEED our wisdom teeth, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to remove them either.
There are many factors that will determine whether or not wisdom teeth should be extracted, including:
These days, there are more and more dentists and health professionals who advocate for leaving wisdom teeth alone and the conflicting information can be overwhelming. The important thing to remember is that your situation is unique and it is important that you discuss your oral health and the pros and cons of wisdom tooth extraction with your dentist.