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Posted on 5/20/2019 by Dr. Michael Allard
|Contrary to what many people believe it is possible to keep your wisdom teeth. About 15% of people will allow their wisdom teeth to grow in and will not have any problems. The question that these people need to ask is what it means for them both now and in the future if they do not feel any pain as the wisdom teeth grow and decide not to go through the process of pulling them.
How Wisdom Teeth Grow InIf there is enough space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth, it is possible that they can grow in. Wisdom teeth are a part of the adult set of teeth that last a lifetime. Over the years, the ability for the wisdom teeth to grow in without any problems has lessened. There is less space in people's mouth than there was many years ago.
The second problem with wisdom teeth happens when they cannot fully erupt through the skin. They can become partially or fully impacted and this cause pain and can lead to other oral health issues. If they can fully erupt, and there is space, it is possible to keep the wisdom teeth.
What Can Happen
Even if the wisdom teeth fully emerge and there is no pain associated with them, that does not mean a person will never run into problems. Wisdom teeth may not grow in straight. This can lead to them causing problem with other teeth or knocking the other teeth out of alignment. It is also possible that the wisdom teeth will have disease or bacteria on them as they grow in. This can lead to decay of the teeth or problems with other teeth that does not cause pain right away but does lead to future problems.
If you are lucky enough to have your wisdom teeth grow in without pain or problems, it is important that you take care of them. Because they are in a difficult place to reach, it is harder to keep them clean and healthy.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.