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5 Common Myths About Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom teeth are the last molars that erupt in the back of your mouth and help you chew food. However, they can cause pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth in some people. If your dentist has told you that you need your wisdom teeth removed, it's important to learn all the facts about the procedure.

Here are a few common myths about wisdom teeth removal that you shouldn't believe.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Necessary for Everyone

While many people will need at least some wisdom teeth removed, not everyone will require the procedure. First of all, not everyone will have wisdom teeth. Other people will have wisdom teeth that cause no issues. In general, if your wisdom teeth do not cause problems, they can stay in your mouth.

Teenagers Are the Only Ones Who Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

This is another common myth about wisdom teeth removal. The truth is that many people do not get all their wisdom teeth until they reach their 20s. If you are an adult and your wisdom teeth are causing you discomfort, you may need them removed soon.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Painful

Some people put off getting their wisdom teeth removed because they assume the procedure will hurt. However, your dentist will administer anesthesia, so you will not feel discomfort during the procedure. If you feel soreness after the procedure is completed, your dentist may prescribe pain medication.

If Your Wisdom Teeth Are Not Causing You Pain, You Do Not Need Them Removed

Not everyone with impacted wisdom teeth experiences pain. Even if your wisdom teeth do not cause you discomfort, they may still cause complications, such as infection and damage to neighboring teeth. If your dentist suggests that you get your wisdom teeth removed, you should listen to their advice.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Takes a Long Time

This is not necessarily true. In many cases, wisdom teeth removal does not take more than an hour to complete. How long the procedure takes may depend on multiple factors, such as how many teeth you must extract and whether or not the teeth are impacted. 

As you can see, there are a lot of misconceptions about wisdom teeth removal. If your wisdom teeth have been causing you issues, you should make an appointment with your dentist. They can determine if you require wisdom teeth removal or not.

For more information on wisdom teeth removal, contact your dentist.