For the majority of adults whose wisdom teeth start coming in, the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria recommends extraction.
Wisdom teeth often grow in crooked. This can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Their position, way at the back of the mouth, make them difficult to brush, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.
Most people have their wisdom teeth pulled. It is better to do this when after they first come in. In patients who are middle age or older, the wisdom teeth roots have often fused with the bone, making extraction more difficult and the recovery period longer.
Some people don’t have issues with their wisdom teeth, and go easily through life without issues. But they are in the minority. Most of us benefit from having wisdom teeth extracted. Rest assured, you don’t need them.
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