If you’ve been advised by your dentist to remove your wisdom teeth, it’s natural to have questions before scheduling the procedure. The idea of oral surgery may seem daunting, but we’re here to provide you with the information and assurance you need as you consider the “what” and “why” of wisdom teeth removal. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive:
Q. Why do we have wisdom teeth if we don’t need them?
A. Wisdom teeth were useful to our ancestors for chewing and processing tougher foods. However, as our diets and jaws have evolved, these third molars have become more of a hindrance than a help. Our smaller jaws often lack the space required for proper eruption, leading to potential complications.
Q. Why is wisdom teeth removal necessary?
A. Wisdom teeth removal is typically recommended to prevent oral health issues. When there isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to grow properly, they can become impacted, causing pain, crowding, and an increased risk of decay and gum disease.
Q. When is the ideal time for wisdom teeth removal?
A. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, wisdom teeth are commonly removed during the high school years or early adulthood (between 17 and 25). Delaying the procedure can lead to root growth and potential complications. However, every individual is unique, and your dentist will assess your specific situation.
Q. Are there situations where keeping wisdom teeth is acceptable?
A. In certain cases, if there is adequate space in the mouth and no risk of impaction or damage to neighboring teeth, your dentist may consider postponing wisdom teeth removal. However, close monitoring is necessary to ensure no adverse changes occur that could harm your oral health. Our team will discuss this option during your examination.
Wisdom teeth removal is a routine procedure performed on millions of people each year. For many young adults, it’s a milestone in their dental journey. By doing your research and consulting with your dentist, you can gain confidence and peace of mind in deciding whether wisdom teeth removal is right for you. If you still have unanswered questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Orland Park office and schedule an evaluation. We’re here to support you every step of the way.