What Happens If You Never Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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At some point in our life, we must face whether or not we should get our wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are a set of molars in the back of your mouth that usually come in around the age of 17-25. While this is the average age range for wisdom tooth growth, some get their wisdom teeth in a lot sooner than 17. Conversely, some not until their late 20’s or early 30’s.

Wisdom teeth are usually first seen under the gum with an x-ray during a regular dental check-up. Dentists can usually detect whether or not the wisdom teeth are going to come in crooked, will overcrowd the mouth and cause discomfort, or will become impacted. If this is the case, your dentist in Diamond Bar will recommend removing wisdom teeth before they even have a chance of breaking through. Let’s take a look at some scenarios and risks of not having your wisdom teeth removed.

Overcrowding

One very important reason to get wisdom teeth removed is to prevent the overcrowding of teeth in your mouth. Sometimes there just isn’t enough room in the mouth for these back molars to come in. This is completely normal and often the case. When your mouth doesn’t have enough space for these new teeth, it becomes overcrowded. This can:

  • Leave you extremely uncomfortable and in pain
  • Affect the chewing of food
  • Lead to crooked teeth
  • Cause the tooth to become impacted

When your tooth is impacted it becomes stuck in the bone below the gum line. This often causes infection and severe pain.

In the case of crooked teeth, the wisdom tooth pushes through without adequate room and therefore pushes the teeth next to it forward. You won’t necessarily feel the push, but you may notice your teeth starting to become more crooked over time.

When your mouth is overcrowded with teeth it can also affect the way you chew, causing you to bite down on your cheek more often. It can also affect your voice if you’re a singer.

Sideways

If you don’t get your wisdom teeth removed you also run the risk of them coming in sideways, or horizontally. Like overcrowding, this will push the adjacent teeth, causing them to become crooked. It can also affect your bite, causing jaw problems that are painful and lead to more problems later in life.

Cavities, Infection, and More

Even if your wisdom teeth come in straight and don’t overcrowd your mouth, there’s still a chance it could cause issues later on. Because these new teeth are so far back in the mouth, they are extremely hard to take good care of. Often, flossing back there is too difficult. Brushing may be doable but you may not be able to clean them as efficiently as your other teeth. This can eventually lead to gum disease or tooth decay, causing cavities and infection.

So why do we even have wisdom teeth if most of us need them removed? As described by VeryWell Health, our ancestors used to have larger jaws that fully accommodated wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth were also very useful for our ancestors, who had to chew tougher foods often, like meat, nuts, and roots, without the ability to cook them, and these teeth helped them do so. However, our lives have changed greatly since we learned how to cook everything and have the necessary means to do so. With this great change in history, our mouths have also evolved, causing us to no longer have room for wisdom teeth.

Even if your wisdom teeth don’t cause any pain now, it’s important to have them properly assessed by a professional, like Diamond Dental Studio, to make sure you won’t be susceptible to any greater issues in the future.

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