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When should I get my wisdom teeth out?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

By: Mike Schmidt


We see a wide range of patients, ages 12 to 65, for consultations regarding wisdom teeth removal, but the majority are still in their teens. Some patients have all four wisdom teeth present and outside of their gum tissue (erupted) while others are still underneath their gums (impacted). Often time patients and their parents don’t know when the “best” time is to get them removed. We inform them, that in general, earlier removal of wisdom teeth results in less complicated healing times.

 

Wisdom teeth removal after teenage years

Waiting beyond the teenage years can give the wisdom teeth time for their roots to develop and the bone around the teeth to become stronger. The relative ease with which a wisdom tooth can be removed depends on the positioning of the tooth and nerve which typically runs right below the tooth in the lower jaw. 

 

However, not all problems related to wisdom teeth are painful or visible. No one can predict when complications will occur, but when they do, the consequences can be very uncomfortable.

 

Your dentist will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon for a consultation to see when your wisdom teeth should be removed.         

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