Ahhhh, the famous quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ok, it’s not the exact quote, but you get the point. When should I get my wisdom teeth removed, if at all, you ask? Since everyone is a little different, it is always best to let your dentist make that call. However, since this can be a somewhat intimidating procedure, let’s take a look at what you can do to be informed and prepared.

Typically wisdom teeth start to appear between ages 15-25, ironically referred to as “The Age of Wisdom”. Normally, they push on the gums, never breaking through to proper chewing height, causing discomfort. A small percentage of people do not get all four wisdom teeth, while a lucky few actually have room in their mouth and get to keep them! Unfortunately, having all your wisdom teeth doesn’t necessarily result in a higher I.Q.

A wisdom tooth is removed to correct a problem or prevent future issues, which could potentially cause you even more pain down the road. These teeth are much easier to remove at a younger age, since the roots are not fully formed and the bone is not as calcified. Yes, this is a minor surgery. Even so, advances in modern medicine have improved the process and recovery time, allowing you to return to your normal activities relatively quickly.

Even though dentistry was not a high priority in the days of William Shakespeare, he probably would have written a very dramatic play about the treachery, pain and eventual relief of having his wisdom teeth removed. To extract or not to extract?… I say we leave that up to your dentist.

by Tarin Keith