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Getting Wise about Wisdom Teeth

If you have a teen, you might be wondering if they need to get their wisdom teeth removed or not. During the ages of 16-20 years old is when wisdom teeth usually erupt. Often wisdom teeth are removed because they are misaligned and can damage your other teeth, nerves or jaw. To help you learn more about wisdom teeth, here are some of the most frequently asked wisdom teeth questions:

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

You might have heard your dentist say that your wisdom teeth are impacted. This means that your wisdom teeth are enclosed within the soft tissue of the jawbone or only part of your wisdom teeth has emerged. If your wisdom teeth only partially erupt, bacteria can enter your tooth area and cause a painful infection. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, they are also more likely to get cavities and gum disease since they are hard to brush and floss.

Why do teens get wisdom teeth removed more often than adults?

Once you are between 16 and 19 years old, your dentist will analyze your wisdom teeth to see if they need to be removed. Dentists prefer removing wisdom teeth at this age because the wisdom teeth usually have less developed roots and the bone isn’t as dense, so it’s an easier and less complicated process to remove them at this stage.

What is the wisdom teeth removal process like?

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is a common, simple tooth extraction procedure, especially if your wisdom teeth have fully emerged and aren’t impacted. Your dentist will usually use anesthesia to numb the pain, and then extract the tooth. You might have some pain afterwards, but it’s common and should go away within a few days.

If you have more questions about wisdom teeth, contact the experienced, friendly staff at the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry todday and set-up your appointment.