When is The Right Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
With your children home for Christmas break, it’s the perfect time to look into getting their wisdom teeth removal surgery! It is best to have impacted wisdom teeth removed (extracted) before 20 years old because it’s easier to take them out when the roots and bones of your teeth are softer and not fully formed.
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars-the last teeth to file in. With today’s modern technology and years of perfecting this procedure have helped us make wisdom teeth extractions a commonplace procedure with little discomfort during recovery.
Most people’s jaws are simply not big enough to house wisdom teeth. This is how they get impacted, or stuck, in your jaw and not able to grow up through your gums like other teeth. Not all wisdom teeth always need to be removed. Some people only need one or two extracted.
Dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth if they don’t fully emerge. It’s better to remove wisdom teeth at a younger age before the roots and bones are fully formed. According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the back area of your mouth, such as:
- Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth.
- Fluid-filled sacs (cysts).
- Damage to nearby teeth.
- Gum disease.
- Extensive tooth decay.
If your child is a teenager, start talking to your dentist about wisdom teeth. It doesn’t hurt to get their early opinion and possibly begin to devise a plan for the future.