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Wisdom teeth are the third and the last molars on corners of the upper and lower jaw. If you ever felt teething at the back of your mouth as an adult, that may be a wisdom tooth trying to erupt. Wisdom teeth are also the final teeth to erupt, usually appearing in late teens or early twenties. They usually grow like regular teeth or they may be impacted; meaning they erupt partially because of crowding of teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth cause major discomfort and affect your oral health. As mentioned before, your wisdom teeth are the last to appear, however, due to lack of space, they face problems with growing properly. They remain below the gum line or grow horizontally. They may grow towards an adjacent teeth, causing plaque and bacteria to get trapped because of crowding of teeth. This leads to infection of your gums. Either due to the infection or collision with your molar roots, you may experience a terrible toothache.
What happens if you don’t get your wisdom teeth out?
A question that is often encountered in relation to wisdom teeth is, whether it needs to be removed or not. If your wisdom teeth are correctly positioned and cause no pain or dental problems, you need not get them removed. While there is no compulsion, there are cases where the dentist might suggest wisdom tooth removal. If your wisdom teeth are impacted or cause crowding in your teeth, then the dentist will recommend removing them. Sometimes, they may grow but don’t hurt; even so the dentist may recommend wisdom tooth removal.
Several conditions may erupt if they are not removed:
It is not necessary for you to remove your wisdom teeth. If they do not pose any complications, they may remain untouched. In case they are causing problems, they are best removed. There is no correct age to get your wisdom teeth removed. While some get them treated at a young age, there are those who may need treatment even after 40’s. But, it is advisable to get it done when young since the roots of the wisdom teeth are not fully developed. This makes for an easier wisdom tooth extraction. Even if you do not have wisdom teeth, there is nothing to worry. Many people don’t have them. If you need removal, you might need an X-ray to check for any problems their removal may cause in future.
Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing any pain, they may cause pain or problems in the future. A wisdom tooth can erupt anytime. If they cause unbearable pain, immediately consult and emergency dental service to treat it. Wisdom tooth removal is not a compulsion but, it is best to consult a dentist, who can advise you with a proper treatment plan.