You might know that many patients often need wisdom teeth removal. However, if we were to ask you to talk with us about when to expect these teeth to show up and why they might require dental extractions, do you think you would be able to give us a detailed explanation of the facts? Or, do you find that this is one of those areas of dental care that causes you some confusion. If you’re fuzzy on those facts at the moment, allow us to help with a quiz.
Quiz Questions: True or False?
- True or False: The reason your wisdom teeth are so named is because they come in during your elder years when you have gained a lot of wisdom from life experience.
- True or False: When you end up requiring wisdom tooth removal, it is essential that you replace the lost tooth, so your smile remains complete. We usually recommend a dental implant.
- True or False: The only reason you will qualify for the removal of third molars is if they are impacted or growing poorly. If they grow in just fine, we suggest you leave them there.
- False. Actually, they come in when you’re a new adult. A very young adult (around the age of 20 or so), when you’re wiser than you first were when you received your baby teeth by the age of three (and when your first round of permanent teeth came in by the age of 12).
- False. It’s never important or suggested to replace a wisdom tooth. It is absolutely not a reason to place an implant. You do not need third molars.
- False. If your wisdom teeth grow in successfully, you may leave them where they stand. However, you will qualify for removal if they are too challenging to clean (and therefore likely to lead to decay or infection).