why do we have to get your wisdom teeth removed

Your dentist says you need to have your taken out. But they donБt hurt, you say, so why remove them? These days, oral surgery to remove
is a standard practice -- almost a rite of passage for young adults. It might not always be necessary, though. According to one study, 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year from 5 million people. More than 60% of these removals arenБt needed. Still, just because your wisdom teeth arenБt a source of pain doesnБt mean thereБs nothing wrong. The could be stuck, or impacted. That means they canБt break through your jaw and into your. Maybe your is too small to make room for them, or the could be growing at an angle to other teeth.

They can damage the next door if they push up against it. Some dentists take out healthy molars to prevent problems later on. As you age, the bones in your get harder. That makes your teeth tougher to remove. If you wait, you could have problems after surgery that range from heavy bleeding and fractured teeth to severe numbness and minor loss of movement in your jaw. These troubles could last a few days or a lifetime. When Is Removal Needed? When wisdom teeth cause problems, or X-rays show they might down the line, they need to come out. Other good reasons to take them out include: Damage to other teeth : That extra set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing mouth pain and bite problems.

Jaw damage: Cysts can form around the new teeth. If they arenБt treated, they can hollow out your jaw and damage nerves. Issues: Problems with wisdom teeth can lead to pain, pressure, and congestion. Inflamed Gums: Tissue around the area can swell and may be hard to clean. Cavities: can create pockets between teeth that help bacteria grow and cavities form. Alignment: Impacted wisdom teeth can undo the effects of braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures, or any type of dental work. Your dentist will look at the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth to make a decision.

Your age plays a role, too. Still not ready to part with your molars? You can ask your dentist to explain what he sees with your teeth. In many cases, you can wait several months to see if things change before making your decision. But if you have pain or notice swelling or a bad odor near your back teeth, it may be time for a second look. б 2014 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. Many times, however, wisdom teeth the third molars in the very back of your mouth don't have room to grow properly and can cause problems. Erupting wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally.

Sometimes wisdom teeth only partially emerge through the gums. Other times, they remain completely hidden. Wisdom teeth that aren't able to emerge normally become impacted, or trapped, within your jaw. If the wisdom teeth emerge partially through the gums, a passageway is created, which can cause problems. And because this area is hard to see and clean, it can become a magnet for bacteria that cause gum disease and oral infection. Some dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth if they don't fully emerge or if they grow near the nerve of the lower jaw.

Many dentists believe it's better to remove wisdom teeth before the roots are fully formed, when someone is younger and more likely to recover faster from surgery. This is why some young adults have their wisdom teeth pulled before the teeth cause problems and become more firmly rooted in the jaw. According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as: The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn't always clear. Talk to your dentist or an oral surgeon about the position and health of your wisdom teeth and what's best for your situation. Feb. 27, 2014