December 7, 2007, Newsletter Issue #92: Wisdom Teeth

Tip of the Week

Do I really have to get my wisdom teeth removed?

That depends on how they come in. If your wisdom teeth impact against your rear molars, an entrance referred to as “coming in sideways,” then you'll probably have to have them removed, or suffer for it in the long term.

Unfortunately, a dentist can only guess as to whether you will need your wisdom teeth removed before they start coming in, which typically occurs between ages 17 and 20. So, if you have a teen approaching the wisdom tooth period, you should reexamine your family's dental health plan to see how much it will cover. Depending on the complexity of the procedure needed, the cost for having one's wisdom teeth removed could be enormous, especially if anesthesia is used. Thus, if your current dental plan doesn't cover the vast majority of such a procedure, you should consider switching to one of the many other dental plans on the market.

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