Wisdom teeth typically come in, and erupt between the ages 17-25. Some people may have only 1 or 2 wisdom teeth that develop, while others get all four, or don’t get any at all. It can vary from person to person. Therefore, it is important to know how many you have and how they are coming in through panoramic radiographs or CBCT scans (3D scans).
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal Include:
- Incorrect growth / crowding
- Difficulty eating
- Sinus issues
- Poor oral home care
- A cyst forms around the tooth
Wisdom teeth can often come in at different angles, or impacted, adjacent to other erupted teeth. Your teeth may not show any symptoms, but this doesn’t mean they are erupting normally. Depending on how much space is available in a someone’s mouth, there may or may not be enough room for eruption without causing disharmony to the periodontium, or gum tissue. In addition, home oral care is a great factor in whether or not wisdom teeth should stay. Since these teeth are found far back in the mouth, they are often missed when brushing and flossing which can lead to tooth decay.
When Should You Get Wisdom Teeth Removed
If it is recommended to remove wisdom teeth, it is best to do it when you are younger. Studies show that over age 30 a person is more likely to recover slowly from the procedure due to higher bone density. There are anesthesia options for people pursuing the extraction procedure such as:
- IV sedation
- Nitrous (laughing gas)
- Local anesthesia
Schedule a consultation with our office today to determine if the procedure is necessary and to learn more about the risks and benefits of wisdom teeth removal.
Registered Dental Hygienist