When should a wisdom tooth be extracted?

Do you still have your wisdom teeth? You may be wondering if you should leave them alone or speak to a professional about having them removed. Many teenagers and young adults have their wisdom teeth removed for various reasons, but it’s not always appropriate for everyone. At Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center, we work with patients to help them determine if they can benefit from the removal of their wisdom teeth.

What are the wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the smile. They are also referred to as the third molars, and commonly make their appearance between the ages of 17 to 24. Sometimes they come in correctly and do not cause a problem. However, many of us deal with problems that occur during this process. Many do not have enough room in the mouth for them. This can cause them to overcrowd the smile or become impacted, or stuck, below the gumline. In situations such as this, we encourage patients to consider their options.

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth are removed in various situations. Below are just a few common concerns that may lead a dental professional to recommended extraction of one or all of the wisdom teeth in the smile:

  • Wisdom teeth can become impacted, causing pain and cyst development that can only be addressed with extraction.
  • Wisdom teeth can come into the smile and cause misalignment throughout the dental arch, impacting orthodontic work.
  • Wisdom teeth can contribute to the development of cavities and periodontal disease. This is because of their placement so far in the back of the mouth that many patients cannot properly brush and floss these teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth can push against surrounding teeth and cause damage or discomfort, resulting in the need to surgically or simply extract the tooth.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Patients in the areas of Allentown and Bethlehem, PA are encouraged to book an appointment with the team at Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center to learn more about the benefits of having the wisdom teeth removed. Call today to request a visit.

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