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Myths You Should Be Aware Of Surrounding Wisdom Teeth
Posted on 8/23/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
A number of myths prevail about wisdom teeth, some that should be de-mystified. The following information will separate fact from fiction. The teeth, which normally erupt between 17 and 25 years old, are called wisdom teeth because some people call this period the "age of wisdom," although this reference is debatable.
Myth #1-Everyone Is Born with Wisdom Teeth
Not everyone has wisdom teeth. About 35% of people never get their wisdom teeth. If you are one of these people, you do not have to consider wisdom teeth extraction. Far more people, than what you may believe do not get their third sets of molars.
Myth #2-You Can Tell that You Have Wisdom Teeth
Not everyone can tell if they have wisdom teeth. To determine if the teeth are there, we need to take x-rays. Some wisdom teeth may not be there while other teeth may be impacted, or enclosed inside the soft tissue of the jawbone. That is why we need to take an x-rays. If the teeth are hidden, it can lead to a great deal of pain and future dental concerns, such as pressure, crowding and infections.
Myth #3-All Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
Again, here is another fable about wisdom teeth. Not all wisdom teeth have to be removed if they are properly aligned and healthy. However, most patients who have their wisdom teeth (around 85%) opt for extraction, as the teeth may be impacted, affect the neighboring teeth, or can cause difficulties with decay prevention and hygiene.
While some view wisdom teeth as worthless, they are not seen that way by medical researchers, who have found that the teeth contain stem cells that can be harvested and saved for treating diseases that emerge later in life. So, if you have your wisdom teeth removed, you might think about donating them to science. Contact us anytime if you would like further details about wisdom teeth removal. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a consultation and exam.