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To some, wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. To others, it is a necessary evil. However, is wisdom teeth removal always necessary? Here are a few of the reasons for wisdom teeth removal and a few reasons for keeping them.

When Don’t I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed

Most of the time, our jaw isn’t large enough to hold wisdom teeth, so leaving them in often results in numerous dental health problems. However, sometimes a jaw bone is large enough for the wisdom teeth, which means they don’t necessarily require removal if the teeth are:

  • Healthy
  • Fully erupted
  • Positioned correctly
  • Causing no problems with bite
  • Can be cleaned

However, you should ask your dentist whether you should or shouldn’t have your wisdom teeth removed. If you do keep your wisdom teeth, then brush and floss them religiously and make sure to visit your dentist every six months.

When Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed

Most of the time, your dentist will recommend the removal of these third molars because their presence often results in problems. Some of the oral health issues wisdom teeth can cause include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Gum disease
  • Tumors

These problems are caused because wisdom teeth often become impacted or partially erupted. Even if you aren’t currently experiencing problems from your wisdom teeth, they may start to show in later years. Call our dentist today to set up a consultation about wisdom teeth removal.