Wisdom teeth, as many people know, are molars that come in at the very back of the mouth, and they usually don't arrive until some years after you've gotten all your other permanent teeth. Getting wisdom teeth removed is a very common type of oral surgery, but before you assume that you need to have this done, note a few misconceptions you might have about wisdom teeth in general so you know what to discuss with your dentist about this procedure.
Misconception: Wisdom teeth are removed only because they crowd other teeth
Very often, a person does not have room for their wisdom teeth to come in properly, and they will then crowd other teeth. However, wisdom teeth might also be impacted, meaning they don't push through the gums properly, and this can lead to oral infections. You might even have room for these teeth to come in properly and not crowd other teeth, but they might grow at an angle so that they cause abrasions to the gums and inside of the cheeks. These are also reasons why wisdom teeth may need to be removed.
Misconception: Everyone needs to get their wisdom teeth removed
While many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed for one reason or another, this isn't always the case. If your wisdom teeth aren't impacted, don't crowd other teeth and don't grow at an angle, you may not need to have them removed at all.
Misconception: Once you reach a certain age, you can't have wisdom teeth removed
There is actually no age limit to having any teeth removed, since older persons often have teeth removed if those teeth get damaged or worn over the years. You may heal faster from oral surgery when you're younger, but this doesn't mean there is ever an age limit to having your wisdom teeth removed.
Misconception: All four wisdom teeth should be taken out at once
One glaring problem with this misconception is that not all adults actually have four wisdom teeth! You might just get your upper wisdom teeth, for example. At the same time, not all of your wisdom teeth will necessarily be impacted or come in crooked. You might have just one wisdom tooth that is crooked and needs to be removed, or one that is bigger than the others so that it crowds teeth. Only your dentist can tell you how many wisdom teeth you actually have and how many need to be removed, if any.