If you’ve been told you need to get your wisdom teeth removed, you might be a little nervous, or even wondering why you need them extracted. Many considerations are taken into account to determine if and when a person should have their wisdom teeth removed. Below we will go over the wisdom teeth removal process so you can better understand what the removal process entails.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the mouth that come at a later in life. They are the final teeth to develop and grow in, typically between the ages of 17 and 21. They are called “wisdom teeth” because by the time they have grown in, the person was old and mature enough to have “wisdom”.
If you’ve been told you need your wisdom teeth removed, it is likely that they are impacted and may soon cause pressure, pain, and shifting of neighboring teeth.. The choice to extract is typically a preventive measure intended to prevent both future discomfort and damage to the neighboring teeth. Your dentist will determine whether getting rid of your wisdom teeth will be the best course of action in the long run after reviewing your dental x-rays.
The optimal time to have wisdom teeth removed is between the ages of 17 and 21, when the teeth are still developing and have softer roots. Additionally, it’s best to have extractions performed at this age because a younger patient will recover from surgery and heal more quickly. However, extractions can be performed at any age.