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September 27, 2005 10:16 AM Subscribe
Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
posted by sohcahtoa to health & fitness (36 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a 30-year-old male. My wisdom teeth erupted in my early 20s and have grown in fine ... they are straight and there's enough room in my mouth for them.
I didn't go to the dentist much the first half of my 20s, but have been a good dental patient the last 4 or 5 years. I brush often and floss occaisionally and can't recall the last time I got a cavity.
My current dentist (been with him about 2 years) has been suggesting since my first day with him that I have my wisdom teeth removed. His reasoning is that they are hard to keep clean and un-needed. The hygenist certainly removes a lot of plaque from them when doing a cleaning.
To me, having them removed sounds like "voluntary surgery" which is something I'd like to avoid.
I live in the US and have good dental insurance. It wouldn't be free but the cost isn't a hardship.
Has anyone had them removed in a similar situation? Any other advice?