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Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

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If you believe that wisdom teeth indicate that you are now wiser, you’re mistaken. It is a common myth that wisdom teeth are a sign of wisdom. However, the truth is that the two things have no connection whatsoever.

The reason why this myth exists may have something to do with the fact that they erupt during the time a person is aged 18 to 25. Since people reach adulthood during this time, the association with growing up makes sense.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Despite the association with wisdom, most people tend to have their wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible. This is because our third set of molars aren’t necessary to us anymore. Our ancestors needed these tough teeth because they mostly survived on a raw food diet, which was tougher to chew.

They also had bigger jaws to house these molars. However, evolution hasn’t just decreased our need to survive on raw food, but it has also shrunken the size of our jaws. This can cause pain as the mouth tries to accommodate wisdom teeth. This is why it is generally recommended to have them removed.

Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

Besides the pain it causes, there is no reason you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Of course, if you have a larger jaw, you may not experience any pain at all. In which case, it is perfectly acceptable to keep your wisdom teeth and not have them removed.

However, if you do experience pain after your wisdom teeth erupt, it is better to have them removed. The pain will not go away, and it isn’t worth keeping your wisdom teeth for any reason.

If you do plan on having your wisdom teeth removed, visit Meadows Family Dentistry in Castle Rock, CO, for a no-obligation consultation today.

Posted on Dec 27, 2021
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