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Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Woman holding jaw in pain | Central Park Dental ClinicSome people have wisdom teeth that do not cause a problem for them. Most people, however, do experience conditions related to their wisdom teeth and need to have them removed. 

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. Also known as third molars, you can find them all the way at the back of your mouth. They frequently become impacted because of a lack of space. These impacted wisdom teeth are almost impossible to keep clean, and they frequently become a source of bacteria leading to infections. Whether it is bacteria causing cavities in your wisdom teeth and neighbouring teeth or gum infections leading to bone loss around the neighbouring teeth, they can do a great amount of damage and lead to high level of discomfort.

Wisdom teeth can also push against your other teeth and cause them to shift, disrupting your bite.

Generally speaking, the earlier the wisdom teeth are removed, the fewer complications there tend to be. The wisdom teeth are smaller and shorter when they are early in their development. Your bone is softer, and the removal of wisdom teeth is easier at a younger age.  

Did you know that some people do not develop four wisdom teeth? They may have three, two, or none at all!