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What are wisdom teeth and when should they be extracted?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to develop (erupt) in your mouth and most often appear between the ages of 17-25. Often times, as wisdom teeth develop they can become impacted (stuck below the surface of your gums) and grow at an odd angle causing complications. If wisdom teeth erupt, often times they do not have sufficient room to grow normally and become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe facial pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth.If you experience pain, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, swelling around the jaw, bad breath, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, and headache? you should consult your Dentist.
Should wisdom teeth be extracted if they do not cause any pain?
Results of a seven year study conducted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS) and the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation advise that most wisdom teeth, even those that do not present symptoms and display no current sign of disease, are at risk for chronic oral infectious disease, periodontal pathologic conditions, and tooth decay and should be considered for removal in young adulthood. It is strongly recommended by the AAOMS that patients be evaluated by their dentist to determine the appropriate management options for their wisdom teeth and ensure an optimal outcome.
At what age should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
The optimal time for wisdom teeth removal occurs between the ages of 15-25 when roots are not fully developed and are generally straight, bone is softer, and recovery after surgery is quicker. At Comfort Care Dental we will work with you, regardless of age, to formulate the best treatment plan for you to obtain your utmost results.