Wisdom Teeth FAQ


1) What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, which are officially known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to come in at the back of your mouth. While most teeth come in before adolescence, third molars usually develop between the ages of 15 and 20. However, each individual is unique, and some people may develop wisdom teeth as early as their preteens, or as late as their 30s. Additionally, some people will not get all four wisdom teeth, and there are some people whose wisdom teeth never develop.

2) Why Do They Need To Be Removed?

When there is not enough room for wisdom teeth to come in properly, and they become impacted, this can result in a variety of complications including damage to surrounding teeth, cavities, gum infections, and even cysts. For many people, a lack of room in the mouth will prevent wisdom teeth from growing in properly, and these teeth will need to be removed in order to prevent future complications.

3) What is The Best Age to Have Them Removed?

It is advisable to have them removed as soon as it is recognized. In some patients it is as early as 15 or 16 years old whereas in others it may not be until 17 or 18 years of age. You will heal faster, with more predictable final healing and have fewer complications than an older patient.

4) Do You Need Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

You may need your wisdom teeth removed if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of problematic teeth. It is also possible that you may not be experiencing any symptoms at all. X-rays can reveal whether the position of your wisdom teeth will eventually be a cause for concern.

Signs And Symptoms That You May Need Wisdom Teeth Removal:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Swollen gums
  • Tooth Position Prompting Wisdom Teeth Removal
  • Impacted – Wisdom teeth that grow sideways or cannot fully erupt can become infected or harm other teeth.
  • Crowding nearby teeth – Fully erupted wisdom teeth can sometimes push against other teeth and cause misalignment.
  • Too far back to clean – When wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth that they are challenging to clean, bacteria can cause tooth or gum disease and lead to bone loss.

5) Will I be asleep when my wisdom teeth are removed?

Most patients prefer to be sedated with IV anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal. You will be relaxed and comfortable when your wisdom teeth are removed. You will not feel any pain or be aware of what is happening.

6) What Can You Expect Before Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Before wisdom teeth removal, you will have a consultation with your oral surgeon to discuss the condition of your teeth and what to expect with surgery.

During a consultation, you and your oral surgeon will discuss:

  • Your concerns and questions
  • Your x-rays
  • Your health history and current medications
  • Reasons you need wisdom teeth removal
  • Surgery steps
  • Sedation options
  • How to prepare for surgery

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