2005-03-10 / Medical

What To Do With Wisdom Teeth

Views OnDental Health

Gary S. Rafal, D.D.S.

If any of your wisdom teeth are beginning to erupt or have erupted, the question is, “What to do with them?” Your dentist may not recommend that they be extracted unless they have become impacted or are crowding other teeth. If that’s the case, they should be removed as soon as possible.

Wisdom teeth are a throwback to an age when our jaws were larger and could accommodate third molars without creating dental problems. Today, however, in many cases wisdom teeth do not break through the gums or are only partially visible. They become “impacted,” causing damage to second molars and the jawbone,especially when they begin crowding other teeth.

If any of your wisdom teeth grow in straight and can be maintained in a healthy condition, there is no reason to remove them. Only a thorough examination by your dentist will provide the best solution to how your wisdom teeth should be treated.

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