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Lots of your friends probably have had wisdom teeth extracted. A number of your other friends haven’t. So what’s the deal with wisdom teeth: do they need to be pulled or don’t they? Here’s a little bit of data we’ve assembled to help you choose whether having wisdom teeth removed sounds right for you. If you have any extra questions about wisdom teeth after reviewing this post, we’d be happy to answer them during your next visit to our office.

Wisdom teeth are extracted when they erupt since they can make it tough to consume food and breathe properly. But what about when they don’t come out? Should they still be extracted? Many dental practitioners say they should. When wisdom teeth aren’t removed and they partially emerge, they usually get covered by a flap of tissue. When this takes place, it’s possible for leftover food and food remnants to lodge themselves between the tooth and the flap, and that debris will eventually feed bacteria which harm the gums and lead to fever. So pulling the partially-emerged wisdom tooth is a defensive choice to avert infection, inflammation, and complications down the line.

Please phone 801-731-3200 now to schedule your Farr West, Utah, Samuel D. Knight, DDS appointment with Dr. Samuel D. Knight. We’ll be thrilled to support you.