Misconceptions About Wisdom Teeth Removal
Roughly five million wisdom teeth removals are performed in the U.S. each year. Even though they are one of the most common procedures oral surgeons perform, there are still a lot of misconceptions about wisdom teeth extractions. To help you understand the truth about wisdom teeth removals and make you feel more prepared for your procedure, we’ve cleared up some of the most common wisdom teeth myths.
Four of the most common misconceptions are listed below:
- Everyone has to have their wisdom taken out.
Not true. If your wisdom teeth are growing in without threatening the health or alignment of your other teeth, then they will not have to be removed. The problem is that most patients’ mouths are too small to accommodate an extra set of molars. Wisdom teeth only require removal when they have the potential to cause oral health complications. The only way to know if your wisdom teeth will potentially cause problems is to have regular dental exams; these are especially important during the teen years and early twenties when wisdom teeth are nearly finished developing.
- I’m too old to have my wisdom teeth removed.
False. There is no right age to have your wisdom teeth removed. It is true that most oral surgeons recommend having your wisdom teeth taken out before the teeth are finished developing, but that doesn’t mean that your teeth can’t be taken out at later developmental stages, too. If your wisdom teeth are causing discomfort or other problems, they should probably be taken out, regardless of your age.
- Wisdom teeth don’t do anything but make your teeth crooked.
Most people’s jaws are too small to accommodate wisdom teeth. This can lead to crowding, but there are a lot of other more serious problems that wisdom teeth can cause. Wisdom teeth can become impacted, infected, or grow in at an angle, damaging adjacent teeth and gum tissue.
- All four of my wisdom teeth need to be taken out.
It isn’t always necessary to remove all of your wisdom teeth. In fact, many people only develop three or fewer wisdom teeth. Some patients may only need one or two of their wisdom teeth removed if the others have grown in without issue, but most patients opt to remove all of their wisdom teeth to prevent future infections or other issues. Discussing your wisdom teeth with a skilled oral surgeon is the best way to know if all of your wisdom teeth need removal.
Wisdom Teeth Removals in Vancouver, WA
If you live near Vancouver, WA, and you need your wisdom teeth removed, Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is here to help. Feel free to contact one of our offices to learn more about wisdom teeth removals or browse our website to learn more about our practice. Thanks for taking the time to review this information, and we look forward to meeting you.