The wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to emerge and the ones that sit furthest in the back of the mouth. The wisdom teeth usually emerge between the ages of about 17 and 25. We usually have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the bottom jaw but sometimes there isn’t enough room for all of these teeth. If the wisdom teeth fail to emerge properly or start causing problems it may be necessary to perform a wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom teeth can remain just as healthy as any other teeth as long as they are able to emerge properly. As long as you care for your teeth properly and they remain healthy there won’t be any need to remove them.
Problems are more likely to occur when there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to emerge fully. The wisdom tooth can become impacted or stuck against the molar in front of it. Instead of emerging all the way from the gum, the wisdom tooth can come out at the wrong angle and may remain partly covered by the gum.
Wisdom teeth removal is sometimes recommended when this happens because an impacted tooth is more likely to cause problems. You are more likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum problems because your wisdom teeth can be harder or even impossible to keep clean. Food can get trapped under the gum that is covering the tooth, which could lead to infections. The impacted wisdom tooth could also damage the molar that it is pressing against or cause problems with your bite.
Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed
Wisdom teeth removal is sometimes recommended as a preventative measure if you are at high risk of problems in the future. However, it may not be necessary to remove your wisdom teeth as long as they are not causing any problems. Your dentist might recommend wisdom teeth removal if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
- Infections that keep coming back
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Problems with your bite
When Is the Best Age to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth removal can be performed at any age when there is a need for the procedure and you are healthy enough to undergo it. It is important to discuss the risks, benefits and timing of the procedure with your dentist so that you can make the best choices about your care. There is no right age to have a wisdom teeth removal as it depends on the position of your teeth and whether you’re having any symptoms. The procedure can be simpler before the age of about 25 as the roots tend to be easier to extract. You are also likely to recover faster from the procedure when you are younger. However, you may decide to wait if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any problems as you may never need to have a wisdom teeth removal.