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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are you supposed to pull your wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
45 years experience
Only if .....: Your wisdom teeth are in poor position, heavily decayed or are causing problems with adjacent teeth. Pre-historic humans typically had a longer jaw that could accommodate 3rd molars but today, most people do not have enough room for them so they need to be removed. See your dentist or oral surgeon for evaluation.
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
If indicated: Wisdom teeth are indicated for removal if they are erupted with non-restorable decay, advanced periodontal problems, contributing to pathology with adjacent teeth or structures or non-fuinctional. Impacted or unerutped wisdom teeth are ideally removed before the roots are fully developed, with pathology, contributing to problems with adjacent teeth or structures and/or if inadequate space.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Depends: If the wisdom teeth are fully erupted and are kept clean and decay free, then extracting them is your decision. The wisdom teeth are hard to get to most of the time or may be partially or fully impacted in the soft tissue or bone. Most people are recommended to get the teeth out at a younger age since as you get older, the bone surrounding the teeth gets more dense or become aligned poorly.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are retainers supposed to reach your wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 27 years experience
Often not: Wisdom teeth are often tricky to provide retainer coverage with a clear tray-type retainer. Because two jaws do not move in a parallel fashion, when teeth are covered with the same thickness material, the furthermost back tooth contacts more prematurely. This is quite true when it comes to a wisdom tooth. Thus, it is common that the retainers reach up to the wisdom tooth but do not extend over it.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are wisdom teeth attached to nerves?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes, they are: In fact, all vital teeth have nerves and blood vessels in the pulp.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if I should extract my wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 38 years experience
Need exam to know : Wisdom teeth are extracted when there is not enough room for them to erupt and function normally. Your dentist will use x-rays to help make this determination. See a dentist to find out if you need yours extracted.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what age do wisdom teeth grow in?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 56 years experience
Usually: Between the ages of 16 and 22 but it might be later or not at all. The wisdom teeth might not have enough room to come in or occasionally they do not form at all.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens if i don't get my wisdom teeth pulled?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Maybe nothing: Can't give you accurate advice since this question needs to be answered after radiographs have been taken and your specific situation evaluated. Seek the advice of a local dentist.
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