Do wisdom teeth really need to come out, or is my dentist trying to hustle me?
I’m 45 and all four of my wisdom teeth are sitting happily way up in my gums. They never came in, they never got impacted and since getting them out would be fairly major surgery (they’re waaaay up there) I’ve always refused to even contemplate it. I change dentists a lot – when I was younger they kept telling me I had to get them out or I would be facing major problems but now they just say Huh, looks like they’re going to stay where they are, whatever.
I had plenty of room for all four of my wisdom teeth to come in, but my problem was I couldn’t reach back there to properly care for them. I was getting cavity after cavity, even when using a fancy electric toothbrush and flossing (not only on the wisdom teeth, but on the molars next to them). So I had them yanked. No cavities ever since.