Wisdom Tooth Extraction
It’s a common misconception that everyone needs to have a wisdom tooth extraction. Our Bellevue dental clinic frequently removes wisdom teeth for many reasons, but these reasons don’t apply to everyone.
First of all, not everyone will even get their full set of wisdom teeth. Some people will only get a couple of the possible four wisdom teeth, and some lucky individuals will get none at all. These teeth generally erupt around the age of seventeen or eighteen, so if you’ve reached adulthood without seeing any additional molars in the back of your mouth, you’re probably in the clear.
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Of the people who do get wisdom teeth, not everyone will need to have them removed. It’s true that the average human mouth cannot accommodate a full set of thirty-two teeth, but there are exceptions.
You should always have your dentist evaluate your mouth to determine whether or not your wisdom teeth are coming in wrong, crowding your other teeth, or otherwise throwing off your bite. Only then will you know if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.