What If I Don’t Get My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if our wisdom teeth made us smarter? Instead, all they really do is cause us problems! If your dentist is recommending that you get your wisdom teeth removed, there’s probably a good reason for that. If you’re hesitant to part with them, keep reading. We’ll let you know why it’s so important that you get rid of your wisdom teeth.

Why Say Goodbye?

You’re probably wondering, if they grow in, why do they have to go? The truth is, we just don’t need wisdom teeth anymore. Much like our tail bone, our body has changed over time, in this case along with our diets. We no longer need the big, broad extra teeth that pop up at the back of our mouths.

What If I Don’t Get My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

Not only do we no longer need our wisdom teeth, they don’t really fit in our mouths anymore. Scientists believe that as we changed and evolved according to our diet, our jaws also got smaller. So, by the time our wisdom teeth appear, there’s no room left for them. As a result, a lot of wisdom teeth become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth cause myriad problems including pain, swelling, bleeding, jaw pain, bad breath, difficulty opening the mouth, speaking, or chewing, and more. If left unaddressed, wisdom teeth can lead to cysts, infections, damage to surrounding teeth, shifting, decay, and more. While some wisdom teeth grow in without problems, it’s more common that your dentist will recommend an extraction than not. And if they do, listen!

Dental Extractions in Elgin, Illinois

Ready to get rid of your wisdom teeth? Here at High Point Dentistry, we make it easy and affordable to say goodbye to yours. Give us a call to schedule your consultation, or request a visit online any time.

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