Wisdom teeth – also known as third molars – are usually the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. Many individuals have smaller mouths and do not have room for the extra teeth in their mouth which results in wisdom teeth removal. Thinking about wisdom teeth removal can be scary for both adults and children, as removal usually involves a form of surgery. Many people often have questions about the removal process and if it is necessary.
Below are a couple of the most common questions we have from clients about wisdom teeth removal:
- When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
There’s no specific rule about when people should get their wisdom teeth extracted. Each person is different and the extraction time can vary based on the person. The average age for removal is 18-25, but many people may have them removed earlier or later depending on the structure of their mouths and the age that the teeth erupt in the gums. You should always consult with your dentist to see if or when you need your wisdom teeth removed.
- What are the benefits of removing your wisdom teeth?
As your wisdom teeth grow in your mouth, they can start to crowd and move other teeth. This can cause alignment problems, especially if you’ve had braces. Also, wisdom teeth can cause pain, discomfort, and potential disease and infection when left in the mouth. Sometimes removal is necessary to prevent long-term damage.
If you think you might benefit from wisdom teeth removal, visit the Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for a consultation today. We will take x-rays of your mouth and determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted and if removal is needed. We have years of experience in wisdom teeth removal and can answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!