Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth, generally making their appearance between the ages of 17 and 25.
Who are the candidates for wisdom tooth extraction?
The dentists can evaluate your mouth and wisdom teeth to determine whether extraction is necessary. Typically, adults over the age of 17 are good candidates if their wisdom teeth are causing issues due to crowding. If wisdom teeth don’t erupt properly or get stuck beneath the gums, they can cause swelling, pain, infection, and other serious problems.
Patients that have impacted teeth need immediate extraction to prevent damage to their other teeth and to facial nerves. If you experience pain from your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment with our experts today!
Why should I extract my wisdom teeth?
If you are struggling with your wisdom teeth, it’s time to seek treatment. Regular checkups with your dental provider will help identify issues with your teeth and jaw. If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, your dentist can discuss your options with you. People typically have their wisdom teeth extracted between the ages of 16-25. Beginning around age 12 is a good age for a dentist to begin monitoring development. This can help indicate whether a patient’s teeth need to be removed early or whether they can wait until they are older. However, the decision on when to have your wisdom teeth removed is one you should make with your dentist. They can help you weigh your options and make an informed decision regarding your dental health. The health of your wisdom teeth can affect the health of the rest of your smile. If left untreated, they can lead to infection and other complications. It is best to have these teeth removed before these issues arise. Talk to your dentist today to learn more about wisdom tooth removal!
When is it time to get your wisdom teeth removed?
Several factors play a role in determining if extraction is the right option. Patients should work closely with their dentists to determine whether their teeth need to be pulled or not. After a thorough examination, the dentist may determine that the patient needs to have their wisdom teeth removed in order to prevent future problems with other teeth. They may also recommend wisdom teeth extraction to improve the quality of the patient’s smile. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dental provider to learn if they are right for you.
What will happen if I delay getting my wisdom teeth extracted?
When your wisdom teeth are impacted, they can grow sideways or remain trapped beneath the gum line. This can be painful and can lead to infection. You may also begin to experience problems with your bite. Once bacteria starts to build up around an impacted wisdom tooth, the teeth can become decayed very quickly. They can also cause your other teeth to shift out of place. In order to prevent these issues from developing, your dentist may recommend extracting wisdom teeth.
Once your wisdom teeth have been successfully removed, you should no longer experience any pain or discomfort associated with them. After the procedure, you will want to drink plenty of fluids to promote healing and help flush out harmful bacteria. Additionally, you may want to be careful not to disturb the wound as it heals, as this could cause it to reopen. Your dentist may place gauze over the extraction site to help absorb fluids from the mouth. You should be able to resume your normal activities within a day or two of having your wisdom teeth removed.