Wisdom Teeth

Q. Does everyone need their wisdom teeth removed?

A. The short answer to this question is no, not everyone has to have their wisdom teeth (third molars) removed. The decision needs to be made after consulting with your general dentist and oral surgeon. Some people have enough room for their third molars to erupt normally into their mouths. Some people don’t have third molars at all. Some third molars remain deep in the jaw bones without causing a problem over the life of the individual. However, most third molars develop close enough to the surface to allow bacteria present in the mouth to gain access to the tooth. Given enough time, this will cause decay, bone loss and potentially life-threatening infection. Also, the healing time increases if the surgery is performed at a more advanced age. It is important to remember: absence of pain or other symptoms does not equal absence of disease.

Bill Childress, D.D.S., M.D.

Karl Meyer, D.D.S., M.D.

East Brainerd Oral Surgery

Suite 110

1350 Mackey Branch Drive

Chattanooga, TN 37421

(423) 296-8210



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