Growing up means ticking off different milestones, including dental-related ones like learning how to brush your teeth on your own and losing your first tooth. But what about getting your wisdom teeth removed? While wisdom tooth removal is something that many people go through eventually in life, it’s not a rite of passage for everyone and it varies how old you are when you should get them removed.
Basics of Wisdom Teeth
The phrase ”wisdom teeth” is another name for your late-blooming third set of molars. At the very back corners of your mouth, these are the last teeth to come in, if they come in at all. Yes, that’s right; not everyone has third molars! Or if they do, they don’t always have all four of them (two in the top set of teeth and two in the bottom set).
The Right Time for Wisdom Tooth Removal
The right time to get your wisdom teeth removed is when a dental professional recommends that doing so will be best for your oral health. These are just a few the reasons a dentist may suggest you get your third molars extracted:
- Your mouth doesn’t have enough room for these teeth so they are causing crowding or misalignment, or will likely do so as they grow in.
- Because of their crooked angle, your wisdom teeth are pushing on nearby teeth and causing damage, or will likely do so as they continue to erupt.
- They are making your gums inflamed, creating pockets around your back teeth that harbor harmful bacteria.
- Your wisdom teeth have begun to erupt (or come out of the gums) through your gums but are difficult to keep clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and infection.
Your Age & Your Wisdom Teeth
There’s actually no specific age for when you need to get your wisdom teeth taken out, because the procedure can be done at any point in your life! That being said, they generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, which is why many people get them removed as a teenager or as a young adult before they cause problems.
To ensure wisdom tooth extractions go as smoothly as possible, dentists usually wait until the tooth’s roots are formed enough to work with but still soft enough for easy removal. This stage often occurs when someone is in their late teens or early twenties, which is another reason why wisdom tooth removal often happens in that age range.
Wisdom Teeth Removal In Johns Island, SC
Whatever age you are, Stono Dental Care can help with our gentle wisdom teeth removal. With dental X-rays and a visual evaluation, we can assess whether you’d benefit from getting your third molars removed. If you’d like to learn more or want to set up an appointment, contact us today!Contact Us