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’m with seawallrunner. I have five wisdom teeth and every dentist I’ve seen since I was a kid has told me that they had to come out. But they don’t bother me, my bottom teeth are reasonably straight, and I hope that since I’m over 40 they have stopped growing and won’t become a problem.
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.
Your teeth can shift as you get older and there is wear and tear on them. Even if you have room for wisdom teeth now, you may not as you get older, and you’ll get scary uneven teeth. I would have them out now while you are young and healthy.
Keep your teeth and up your hygiene game so you never falter in the face of quacks who want to cut you up for no good reason.