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Have you heard that wisdom teeth don’t always need removal? It is true that some people’s wisdom teeth come in properly and develop no problems. However, most people do suffer from oral health issues due to the presence of their wisdom teeth. Your dentist will recommend the best option for removal, but you can learn more about these circumstances below.

Why You May Not Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

32 teeth is a lot of teeth to fit in the mouth, which is why we often need the 4 wisdom teeth removed. However, some people have a large enough jaw bone that they can fit all of these teeth. You may not need wisdom teeth removal if they are:

  • Healthy
  • Fully and correctly erupted
  • Able to be cleaned

However, this circumstance is rare and your dentist may still recommend wisdom teeth removal even if they come in correctly (because these teeth are more subject to decay and more difficult to clean than others).

Why You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Most of the time your dentist will recommend the removal of wisdom teeth because these teeth cannot fit in your mouth. This results in either partial eruption or impaction, both of which can cause oral health problems. Your dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible because:

  • Partially erupted wisdom teeth are more likely to cause tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth or develop a cyst or tumor.
  • Wisdom teeth are more difficult to remove when you are older.