Located in the very back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are the third set of molars to erupt. They usually come in around the age of 17, although they can erupt anytime between the ages of 14-23. For many people, wisdom teeth can become problematic, and dental intervention is necessary to prevent additional dental complications. Acora Dental advises parents to bring in their young teens for a comprehensive dental checkup/exam, including digital x-rays, so we can determine if oral surgery is required for wisdom teeth extraction.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Why Might Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Acora Dental will complete a thorough assessment of your bite and take diagnostic x-rays to see what is going on underneath your bone tissue and gums and determine if wisdom teeth removal is recommended. Removal of your wisdom teeth will be considered if they are causing damage to adjacent structures, there are signs that they will compromise your oral health, or if they are causing you pain and/or discomfort. Your dentist will often recognize that your wisdom teeth will become problematic, even before they actually do, and so will recommend preventative removal before the roots are fully developed.
The most common reason for the removal of wisdom teeth is because there is inadequate space in the mouth to allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly and become fully functional. When this happens, wisdom teeth do not fully erupt through the gum, and they develop diagonally or horizontally eventually becoming completely stuck or “impacted.” If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infection, damage to other teeth, and possibly cysts or tumors. In many cases, the damage caused by wisdom teeth cannot be seen on the surface, so X-rays of the mouth are necessary to see what is going on underneath the gums. Having this information will help determine what type of extraction may be required.