When most people picture growing new teeth, they picture teething babies or kids with tooth gaps and dreams of the tooth fairy. As it turns out, however, from the age of 17 to 21, older teens and adults often grow a third set of molars called “wisdom teeth”.
It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you’re experiencing pain, you may want to speak with your dentist because a wisdom teeth extraction may be necessary.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Have To Be Removed?
Any dentist will tell you that no two patients are exactly the same. However there are a few common reasons why wisdom teeth extractions may be necessary:
- Disease in the gums
- Crowding in the mouth
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Decaying teeth
This isn’t an exhaustive list. Sometimes wisdom teeth removal needs to be done within the context of a larger treatment plan. If it’s required, your dentist will explain your options and the reasons to you.
When Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If your mouth simply doesn’t have room for wisdom teeth, your dentist will typically want to extract them at the first opportunity. In some patients it is as early as 11 whereas in others it may not be until 17 years of age. Younger patients recover faster and more easily than older patients, the general rule is that the younger the patient is at the time of your wisdom teeth removal, the more ideal it is for your dentist.
Is It Possible To Just Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?
You certainly can if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems.
However it’s important to be aware that it’s not unusual for wisdom teeth to cause problems over time as people age and become more vulnerable to different health complications. As such, dental check-ups are always a must, but regular monitoring of your wisdom teeth becomes especially important where the overall health of your mouth is concerned.
Could your child need a wisdom teeth extraction?
As your dentist, Dr. Amir Yavari will examine your child’s teeth in order to assess the growth and positioning of the wisdom teeth and will work proactively with you towards an appropriate course of action if necessary. Dr Yavari is committed to providing the highest quality of dental care to his patients.
Contact our office today to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation.