The wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. They usually grow through the gums during the late teens or early twenties.
Sometimes there is lack of space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly, and the wisdom teeth can emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge.
Regular dental visits are important during your teens and early 20s. If you visit your dentist regularly, any problems will be seen early.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. But if there’s a chance your wisdom teeth will cause problems, it’s easier to take them out when you’re young. That’s because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed yet, and the bone around the teeth is less dense.
WHY ARE WISDOM TEETH IMPORTANT?
The teeth are linked to many bodily systems. Wisdom teeth are directly linked to the small intestine and the pituitary gland. As a matter of fact, almost half of the sensory and motor nerves in the outer layer of the cerebrum are related to the face and mouth.
This means, that whenever you extract some tooth, the acupuncture meridian is affected in a negative way because the flow of energy is disrupted.
This so-called meridian acupuncture system which is part of the Chinese folk medicine for more than 5 millennia, has confirmed the link between teeth and vertebrae, spine, joints, endocrine glands and all organs in the body (2).
For 30 years, Dr. Jay Friedman has been on a one-man crusade to halt the tide of wisdom teeth removal, which he says is one of the most egregious examples of unnecessary medical procedures.
In 2007, Friedman published a study in which he estimated that at least two-thirds of the millions of wisdom teeth extracted each year could or should have stayed in, but were instead removed out of unfounded fears of what would happen otherwise.
There are, however, several other reasons to extract third molars.
- It is almost always indicated to extract a tooth that is “semi-impacted” because it presents a higher risk of infection and decay in the mid or long term.
- If they have symptoms, such as pain, infection, have caries, are difficult to clean, have a severe malposition, etc., it is best to remove them.
- Extraction is not intended to prevent the movements of other teeth over time.
- In summary, it is frequently indicated to extract wisdom teeth that do not come out, but the reason is mainly to solve a problem already affecting these teeth or to prevent the development of pathologies (cysts, tumors, resorption (wear) of adjacent teeth).