Have you been told that your wisdom teeth are emerging? Perhaps your dentist has recommended that you visit a specialist for their removal. While wisdom tooth extractions are very common oral health procedures, people still have questions about this treatment option. One question that is commonly asked is “when are wisdom teeth removed?” Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. When it comes to timing your procedure, however, you will have to consult with our oral surgeon as an oral examination is the only way to determine when the extractions are necessary.
How many wisdom teeth do people have?
People can have up to four wisdom teeth but it isn’t uncommon to have only two or three. A person can have no wisdom teeth, too, although this circumstance is more infrequent.
Why can’t wisdom teeth be kept?
Wisdom teeth shouldn’t be kept for a number of reasons. These teeth do not have enough room to come through the jaw and gums properly. Instead, they become stuck (impacted). When these teeth erupt, they will cause other teeth to crowd. With crowding and impacted teeth, a person with wisdom teeth will have much higher risks of developing abscesses, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. Keeping your wisdom teeth could result in costly and invasive treatment in the future to treat various complications that can arise from wisdom tooth retention.
Why do I need to see a specialist?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist trained to provide various types of oral health treatments including extractions. Removing wisdom teeth is more complicated than other teeth. Wisdom teeth are typically difficult to remove from bone because of their location and the fact that blood vessels are nearby.
Will I be comfortable during my treatment?
Our practice takes every precaution necessary to ensure that our guests are comfortable throughout and after their treatments. We utilize pain relieving and sedating medication to promote positive and calming experiences.
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