What You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth is just another name for your third molars. Your first molars usually come up through the gums around age 6, and your second molars emerge sometime around age 12. Third molars come later in life, sometime after age 16.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

They do not always need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth become prevented from coming up through the gums, they are called impacted. Impacted teeth may need to be removed because they can cause infection, decay of the teeth next to them, gum disease, or even cysts and tumors. Wisdom teeth that do come up through the gums may still need to be removed if they are badly decayed, interfering with your bite, at risk for gum disease, or if they are interfering with other teeth or restorations. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend removing them as a preventative measure before any of these issues become a problem.

How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?

You may experience pain, infection, or swelling of the face or gumline if your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Your dentist can determine this by taking x-rays and examining your mouth. Extraction is usually an outpatient procedure that is performed by a dentist or in some cases an oral surgeon.

Everyone’s mouth is unique and different. Only your dentist can determine what is best for you and your situation. Sometimes, it is best to leave the wisdom teeth where they are and simply monitor them. Younger teeth are easier to remove than older teeth because they have less developed roots. That is why most people who get their wisdom teeth removed, do so before the age of 20. Call 701-258-1321 today to talk to Dr. Johnson to see if you need your wisdom teeth removed.