Wisdom Teeth Management
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, are the final set of teeth to develop and typically emerge in the mouth between the ages of 14 and 25.
When all four wisdom teeth are visible in the mouth, outside the gum tissue, they have erupted. When all four wisdom teeth remain under the gums, they are impacted.
Expert wisdom teeth consultations
Your dentist can refer you for a comprehensive consultation regarding the removal of your wisdom teeth. Our experienced team, consisting of skilled surgeons and advanced practice providers, are well equipped to evaluate patients across a wide age range, spanning from 12 to 65 years old, for consultations focused on wisdom teeth extraction.
While it is common for individuals in their teenage years to undergo wisdom teeth removal, it is crucial to note that the timing of the procedure is a key factor in minimizing potential complications. Therefore, it is advisable to address the extraction of wisdom teeth at the earliest suitable opportunity.
Generally, wisdom teeth should be removed if these conditions occur:
- Pain or swelling
- Infections and/or gum disease
- Cavities that can’t be restored
- Cysts or tumors
- Damage to adjacent teeth
Understanding the impact of delayed wisdom teeth removal
When wisdom teeth are not removed during the teenage years or ideal time, the roots of the teeth have a chance to fully develop, and the surrounding bone becomes stronger. This can pose complications during the removal of wisdom teeth. The ease of extracting a wisdom tooth depends on its position and the presence of the nerve that typically runs beneath the tooth of the lower jaw.
Keeping your wisdom teeth
Approximately 1 in 10 individuals possess sufficient space in their mouth for wisdom teeth. Cleaning these teeth can pose challenges due to their placement in the back of the mouth. Despite appearing disease-free, wisdom teeth can potentially heighten the chances of developing chronic oral infections, gum disease and tooth decay. Patients must carefully consider the risks associated with retaining wisdom teeth compared to extracting them.