Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Likely, most people you know, whether friends or family, have had had some or all of their wisdom teeth removed. On the other hand, you may know others who have had their wisdom teeth for years without any issues. Consequently, maybe you wonder about your wisdom teeth…to remove or not to remove?

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth or back molars are the last of the molars to erupt from the gums. This often occurs around an individual’s late teens or early twenties. Hence, they are called “wisdom” teeth because one tends to be older and more experienced when these teeth come in. However, not all mouths are equal, as someone may never even get their wisdom teeth, while another gets one to four.

Why Are They Often Removed?

More often than not, a person has their back molars extracted. Why?  Wisdom teeth can be causing problems or may cause problems down the line. As a result, a concerned dentist will prescribe an extraction. Here are two of the most common issues.

  • Crowding: If there is not enough room in the mouth, eruption of wisdom teeth can move existing teeth. This can result in crooked teeth or bite problems.
  • Infection: If the back molars do not fully erupt, they are impacted. They can be hard to clean and therefore develop cavities. Swelling of the gums may also occur.

Thanks to the help of X-rays, doctors can see these problems long before they occur. They can also tell you if the back molars will not be an issue and therefore will not need to be extracted. Additionally, your age and structure of your mouth play a role.

Do Not Hesitate To Get Help

If you have pain or swelling in the back of your mouth or notice an odor, it is a wise choice to get it checked out. Dr. Perry will thoroughly check your condition and provide you with needed direction. Give us a call!

29746 Rancho California Rd

Temecula, CA 92591

Phone: (951) 699-4746
Fax: (951) 699-0868