Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21 and are called “Wisdom Teeth” because they come in last of your molars. While many people need it removed, for various reasons, many others get to enjoy their extra chewing power.

Is There Enough Space?

It is most often pulled because there is not enough space for them to come to the surface in the right position. Your dentist will determine this by taking regular x-rays and tracking the growth in your jaw. Your dentist will tell you if you should schedule wisdom tooth removal if they are impacted—meaning they are stuck in a position where they are unable to grow in properly.

What Does the Dentist Look For?

In addition to yearly x-rays you and your dentist can watch out for things like pain, infection, and cysts to know it is time to consider a wisdom tooth extraction. If you are in your late teens or early 20s and have not had wisdom teeth removed, it is important to pay attention to these signs.

Other Reasons?

Sometimes, a dentist will recommend that wisdom teeth are removed because they are or will affect some other part of your dental care, such as braces. Since these are not necessary, and many people do not have room for them, this is usually an easy choice.

Can You Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?

Not everyone needs remove it. As long as your dentist is monitoring your oral health, taking x-rays and you are conscious of changes and pain—AND there is adequate space for them, and you can brush and floss once they are in, wisdom teeth are fine to leave in the mouth.

Whether the choice you and your dentist make is to keep, or remove it, the most important thing you can do for your oral health is to maintain good hygiene and see the dentist regularly for a checkup. If you are due for your annual check-up—OR if you are experiencing jaw pain and expect it could be due to wisdom teeth, contact us today!

Dr. Brandon Schmidt | 01-June-2022

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