Wisdom teeth are final molars which will mostly grow when a person is in his late teens or a few years later. There are a lot of misconceptions about this set of teeth with some people saying that they are a must remove. However, if the wisdom teeth are healthy, have fully grown, correctly positioned, and able to clean, there will be no need to remove them.
The following are instances that will prompt the removal of wisdom teeth:
- If they are still hidden beneath the gums: there are times when wisdom teeth will fail to emerge and if allowed to remain in this state, they will lead to gum infections and may damage the other teeth.
- If they have partially emerged: a wisdom tooth that has partially emerged will be difficult to clean and this will lead to bacterial infections. The best cause of action is removing them.
- If they have crowded nearby teeth: at times the wisdom teeth may lack adequate space to grow and this will lead to crowding which may end up damaging other teeth.
Below are some of the signs that your wisdom teeth are causing problems and will need to be removed:
- Tooth decay that is extensive
- Recurring infection near the last tooth
- Dum diseases
If you notice that you are having difficulties when eating and that your teeth are no longer straight, it may be time to have the wisdom teeth removed so that the rest of the teeth can be corrected. However, if you are not having any problem as a result of the wisdom teeth, you do not have to remove them. It would be wrong to get on with a tooth removal just because others have had difficulties with their wisdom teeth. Good oral hygiene will help in maintaining the good health of your mouth and this includes the wisdom teeth.