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Why is my dentist recommending extraction of my wisdom teeth?

It might seem counterintuitive for a dentist to recommend extraction of teeth when the goal of a dentist is to save teeth.

Typically, a dentist recommends extraction of wisdom teeth for two reasons:

One – a patient does not have enough room in their mouth for these additional teeth. Many times an impacted tooth will develop a cyst that will cause a patient to lose bone, which can cause additional problems to the teeth in front.

Two – the further back in the mouth, the harder it is to keep our teeth clean and the more likely we are to develop a cavity on a wisdom tooth. Typically, this is not an issue until later in life, but by this time, the extraction will likely be more difficult due to our bone becoming more dense. It's usually better to extract wisdom teeth between the ages of 16 and 25. 

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