Wisdom Teeth are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. These third molars erupt during this time to compensate for excessive wear that used to be exposed prior to a modern diet.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Because our society emphasizes straight, beautiful smiles, there is often times not adequate room in the mouth for our wisdom teeth to erupt without creating overcrowding. This is especially true if you have already gone through orthodontics to achieve that perfect smile.
What Can Happen If I Don’t Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Aside from the cosmetic repercussions metioned before, overcrowding can prevent the wisdom tooth from having enough room to erupt, thus becoming impacted. An impacted tooth can be very painful and can lead to very serious infection.
What If I Am Not Experiencing These Problems?
Some of the issues a wisdom tooth can cause might not be seen by the eye because the tooth has not erupted yet. A wisdom tooth’s roots get longer as it ages making extraction more difficult, increasing the potential for complications such as nerve damage.
When Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
The American Association for Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends removing wisdom teeth by the time the patient is a young adult to prevent future problems and allow for proper healing.
Depending on the nature of your case, wisdom tooth extractions are performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Our doctors will speak to you before the surgery and answer any questions you have. After surgery it is common to experience swelling and mild discomfort.