Chances are, if you are younger than 16 or so, you have wisdom teeth and if you are older than 20, you probably don't. So what's the deal? Why is it that everyone starts with wisdom teeth and so few keep their wisdom teeth? Everyone (usually) has three pairs of molars that come in. The first at age 6, the second at age 12, and the third around age 18. The third are referred to as your wisdom teeth because they typically come when you are wise.
Maybe You Can Keep Them!
Most wisdom teeth are removed because there isn't enough room in your mouth for them to fit comfortably with all your other teeth. A lot of wisdom teeth have to be removed because they come in at weird angles that just can't work.
That being said, there are people who have enough room for their wisdom teeth and they're positioned and angled in a way that allows them to be healthy and happy in their mouth. So there's a chance you can keep them!
You Probably Can't Keep Them…
The vast majority of people don't end up keeping their wisdom teeth. How many? Roughly 85% of all adults end up having their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their life.
People who don't end up having them removed before they become an issue tend to experience rather unpleasant side effects. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infection, tooth crowding, and even tooth loss!
Post Operation Recovery
Whenever you have a somewhat serious dental procedure it is important to take very good care of your mouth while the site heals. In this case, stay away from tobacco use, drinking from straws, and physical overexertion. Call us today to schedule your appointment.