Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure done for a variety of reasons, often because there isn’t sufficient room in the mouth.
Sometimes it can be hard to decide if removing your wisdom teeth is the right choice for you. It’s especially difficult if you read conflicting information about the procedure.
We’re here to set the record straight. Below we shoot down four myths about wisdom teeth removal and give you accurate information.
1. MYTH: Your Teeth Need to Be Removed
Some people think that everyone needs to get their wisdom teeth removed. The truth is that some people will have problems with their wisdom teeth in their life, but most won’t.
People get their wisdom teeth removed for several reasons. One is because wisdom teeth can cause pain or dental problems when positioned incorrectly.
However, if your wisdom teeth are in the right spots, you won’t have to worry about this.
2. MYTH: Everyone Has Wisdom Teeth
Surprise! Not everyone has the same number of teeth. Some people have all four wisdom teeth; others have three, two, one or none.
There is nothing wrong with you if you don’t have all your wisdom teeth. In fact, this will actually make the process of removing them much easier.
3. MYTH: Your Dentist Can Predict if or When They Erupt
Not all wisdom teeth emerge, but when they do, they can cause problems for those who struggle with good dental hygiene.
Because the wisdom teeth are at the back of the mouth, they are difficult to reach and more plaque and germs can accumulate.
Your dentist will not be able to use X-rays to predict when your wisdom teeth will erupt. That’s why getting them removed early can be helpful.
4. MYTH: Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Painful
The last myth usually comes through exaggerated stories. In reality, wisdom teeth removal is a relatively painless process. It can be done in less than an hour and often requires only a few days of recovery.
During the procedure, your oral surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to the numb the area. You can also choose other types of sedation that make you more relaxed or even unconscious. With any of these options, you won’t feel any pain.
If you have questions about wisdom teeth removal, call Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and learn more about the process.